The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has been reformed and there is a new framework that all early years providers and settings follow from September 2021. The national changes have been made to better support all young children’s learning and development. It is also the aim that the new framework will better prepare children for the transition into key stage 1 which comes at the end of their reception year in school.
There are some elements of the new EYFS that have not significantly changed and some that have. Some key changes include:
Staff spending less time on large amounts of written observations and assessments for evidence collection. This means that early years practitioners will be spending more time supporting and engaging with the children in their learning and development needs.
Children will no longer be assessed against statements from an age band category as emerging, expected or exceeding. Instead, staff will use their experience and knowledge to monitor if a child’s learning and development is on track for their age across the 7 areas of learning.
The early learning goals at the end of reception have changed to become more clear and easier to understand. School teachers will use their judgements to assess if the children have met these goals at the very end of the EYFS and inform parents and carers.
There is a strong emphasis on improving children’s language and vocabulary though increasing opportunities for ‘back and forth’ conversations, reading a wide range of books and singing rhymes and songs and holding discussions around activities in other areas of learning.
Finally, safeguarding and welfare of children is still a high priority, with the added mention of teaching children about the importance of good oral health and how to keep teeth clean and healthy.
For any further information about how Hambledon Nursery School has implemented the new statutory framework and plans our curriculum to meet the new educational programmes using the updated Development Matters guidance, please do get in touch.