The EYFS is a set of standards that all early year’s providers must follow to make sure that children progress and develop within a safe and nurturing environment, this helps lay the developmental groundwork before they start school. This has now been enhanced with some changes which will be coming into effect this September.
There are very few changes to the safeguarding and welfare requirements and some of the main additions include a focus on learning about dental hygiene and self-regulation, so you will be encouraged to introduce more opportunities for children to learn about these.
You may be wondering if the 7 areas of learning and development have changed. Known collectively as the ‘Educational Programmes,’ these are still divided into prime and specific areas, but the content has changed to include more detail under each heading. The development of Communication and Language has always had high importance but the documents we used have not always made that clear. This new EYFS emphasises the importance of early language and literacy skills throughout, particularly focusing on vocabulary and reflecting on the roles these play in importing children’s outcomes.
Here are the main changes around each area: