2014 Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS Statutory Framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Development Matters in the EYFS (2012)

This document supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS Framework (2012).  The guidance shows how the four themes and principles inform practice.  This guidance can be used as part of the daily work practitioners carry out with babies, toddlers and young children and can effectively inform the observation, assessment and planning cycle (OAP).

Confident, capable and creative: supporting boys achievements.....

This guidance supports practitioners to explore ways in which boys may be effectively supported in early years settings in order that best outcomes may be achieved.

Working together to safeguard children

This statutory guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.  All relevant professionals should read and follow this guidance so that they can respond to individual children’s needs appropriately.


What to do if you are worried a child is being abused....

This document provides best practice guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare. It also contains an appendix to help practitioners with the legal issues affecting the sharing of information.  The guidance includes useful flowcharts following the procedure from referral through to what happens after a strategy discussion and child protection review conference.


2014 EYFS Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)

The ‘Assessment and reporting arrangements’ (ARA) contains details on assessing and reporting the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile in 2013 to 2014. This document is produced by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). It is responsible for developing and delivering all statutory assessments from early years to the end of key stage 3, and will ensure that EYFS profile outcomes are reliable as a result of robust moderation practice.


Special Educational Needs

Code of Practice

The code of practice became effective from 1 January 2002. From then LEAs, schools, early education settings and those who help them – including health and social services – have been obliged to have regard to it. Areas covered include definitions of special educational needs themselves, parental responsibility and working partnership with parents, provision in the early years, and the role of SENCO.