Important information for all childcare workers, parents and carers:
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. It has recently been revised and re published on the 3rd of March 2017.
The revised document will come into force on the 3rd of April 2017.
All registered early years providers and schools have been and continue to be required to use the EYFS since September 2008.
Headline summary of the changes to the document in the new publication are shown below:
Section 1 - learning and development:
As currently with addition of 2 new footnotes:
- to clarify the position for providers who exclusively offer ‘out of school hours’ care for children younger than those in the Reception class age range.
- a link to the Chief Medical Office guidance on physical activity.
Section 2- Assessment: unchanged
Section 3- safeguarding and welfare:
- child protection includes references to new and updated government advice and guidance published since the EYFS was last updated in 2014
- to count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths (nursery classes)
- all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce with full and relevant level 2 and/or level 3 qualifications must also have a Paediatric First Aid certificate before they can be included in the statutory staff: child ratios in nursery classes
- a new footnote for schools that have nursery provision run by the governing body (under section 27 of the Education Act 2002).
- prescription medicines must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist.