New vodcasts on the revised EYFS

On 31 March, the Department for Education (DfE) published the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework to be used from 1 September 2021 and a summary of amendments to the safety and welfare requirements in the EYFS. More information can be found here.

We are now pleased to share with you two new vodcasts bringing the latest information on the revised EYFS in one place.

The first vodcast is aimed at headteachers, senior leadership and governors, and includes presentations and a Q&A from DfE and Ofsted as well as an interview with Clare Lishman, Director of Early Years at the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, about her experiences as a senior leader during the early adopter year.

The second vodcast is aimed at Private, Voluntary and Independent settings (PVIs) and childminders and includes presentations from DfE, Dr Julian Grenier and Ofsted as well as an interview with Vicky Dewar, Nursery Teacher at the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, about her experiences of the early adopter year.

You can find more information on the revised EYFS here and on the updated Development Matters here.

Watch the headteacher and senior leadership vodcast

Watch the PVIs and childminder vodcast


Further support for implementation

Government understands that reforms to the EYFS, in particular on curriculum expectations and assessment requirements, will in many cases require behaviour change that will take time to implement and become effectively established.

Therefore, to support the sector as they prepare to implement the reforms, DfE are providing a suite of supporting materials, including the above vodcasts for school leadership and practitioners and launching a new online support package for PVIs and childminders, as well as revising the EYFSP Handbook.

Support that is already available includes:

  • The Department’s new non statutory curriculum guidance Development Matters published on 3 September 2020. This document provides a top-level view of how children develop and learn and guides but does not replace, professional judgement. The department has sought feedback from early adopters on this and will consider making refinements ahead of statutory roll out of the reforms.
  • Foundation Years recently hosted free Learn – Explore – Debate events focused on the revised EYFS with sessions on reducing unnecessary workload and self-regulation in the early years. The recordings and case studies from the events can be found here.

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