The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

In October 2019, DfE launched a public consultation seeking views on changes to the statutory framework for the EYFS. The consultation includes proposed changes to the educational programmes, the early learning goals and the EYFS profile assessment.

DfE consultation document

The consultation will run from 24 October 2019 to 31 January 2020.

Consultation summary

This document provides a summary of the consultation document.


Between 2018-19, revised pilot materials have been tested in a number of schools and evaluated by the Education Endowment Foundation, in partnership with NatCen Social Research and Action for Children

The key findings from the evaluation include:

  • Participants viewed the revised ELGs positively overall, describing them as clearer than previous ELGs. They also made practical suggestions about improving the revised ELGs.
  • Schools reported their workload had reduced due to the reduced expectations for assessment and evidence-gathering. Staff used this extra time to spend with children.
  • The revised ELGs by themselves were not felt to be sufficient: teachers wanted supporting materials, such as exemplification and curriculum guidance.
  • There were mixed views about whether children would be better prepared for key stage 1 as a result of the changes.
  • Teachers welcomed using their own judgement and felt empowered to do so. However, some felt that external moderation would still be important for ensuring consistency.

There will be a range of opportunities for the Foundation Years community to get involved in the consultation, including:

  • An interactive webinar with the Department for Education;
  • Our popular Learn – Explore – Debate events coming in January

Further details will be circulated shortly.