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Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 - Information for Ofsted registered childcare providers
For all Ofsted registered providers who work with children aged 0 -8 years the revised Early Years Foundation Stage must be implemented in settings by September 2012.
Overview of the revised framework
(this extract has been taken from the Statutory Framework 2012 document, published by the Department for Education)
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 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.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
- quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
- a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
- partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;
- equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.
The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
The learning and development requirements cover:
- the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings;
- the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five); and
- assessment arrangements for measuring progress (and requirements for reporting to parents and/or carers).
The safeguarding and welfare requirements cover the steps that providers must take to keep children safe and promote their welfare.
- Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 [138kb]
- Development Matters [653kb]
- Guide to EYFS progress check at age two [1Mb]
- Guide to EYFS changes 2012 [93kb]
- Bexley two year progress check form [310kb]
- Bexley Red Book sticker 2012 [276kb]
- Guidance for Bexley Childminders for the Progress Check at age two [80kb]
- Bexley EYFS progress check at age two - Individual report [72kb]
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