To support early years providers during the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This was to allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe.

The disapplications came into force on 24 April 2020 and were lifted on 25 September 2020. Provisions were made in the regulations to allow for a transitional period of up to 2 months for disapplications around staffing levels to continue in recognition that some providers may need some time to get back to full staffing levels once the disapplications are lifted.

Further restrictions or requirements related to COVID-19 due to a local or national lockdown may affect a provider’s ability to comply with the EYFS. Therefore, government have laid new regulations which came into force on 26 September 2020 and (with the exception of the EYFS Profile disapplication) will allow the disapplications to reapply where a provider is prevented from complying with the EYFS due to coronavirus related restrictions or requirements which have been imposed by government.

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Foundation Years vodcast

Foundation Years hosted a video podcast with DfE to share the latest information and answer your questions on the disapplications when they came into force in April 2020.

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