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EYFS Framework and New to EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive statutory framework that sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework was revised in September 2012 to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most.

You can find the revised version of the EYFS on the Foundation Years website at:

An overview of the EYFS revisions can be found in an article on our 'Herts for learning' website at:

Use the audit below to ensure you are meeting statutory requirements of the EYFS:

Development Matters: Ages and Stages Assessment Sheets

Revised sheets to be highlighted to capture your periodic assessment of childrens learning and development.


To support your delivery of the EYFS please contact your Early Years Consultant or Advisor who can arrange tailored training and support.


New to EYFS

Working with young children is a highly complex, challenging and exciting career.  If you are either a NQT, or an experienced teacher or practitioner new to the Early Years Foundation Stage, here are some things you may need to consider. 

Knowledge and Awareness of the EYFS

You can find the most recent version of the EYFS on the Department for Education website at

  • 4 themes
  • 16 commitments
Organisation and Management of the Learning Environment
  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
Role of the adult 
  • High quality interactions
  • Effective questioning
  • Listening to children
  • Sustained shared thinking
  • Following children’s interests
Daily Routine
  • Balance of CIL & ADA
  • Uninterrupted periods of CIL
Observation, Assessment & Planning
  • Learning Journals
  • Ages and Stages
  • Assessment informing practice
  • Continuous Provision

Observation, assessment and planning resources are available to download from:

Adult Direct Activities
  • Active Learning
  • Whole group, small group, 1:1
  • Process not product
  • Modelling
Child Initiated Learning
  • Extended uninterrupted periods
  • Engaging in play
  • Role of the adult
Effective Team Work
  • Communication
  • Time
  • Mutual professional respect regardless of qualifications
Parents as Partners
  • Engaging
  • Including
  • Valuing
  • Communication
Teaching & Learning
Inclusive Practice


More information on all of these can be found on the 5 day Early Years and the NQT course, the annual New to Early Years Foundation Stage course or through training from the Early Years Team and / or consultancy visits. This can include staff meetings, in-house training, support with your environment and more. 

Please contact The Early Years Team for more information or view the latest available courses.