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About the early years foundation stage (EYFS)

Find out about the EYFS and the resources available for you if you're an early years practitioner, year 1 teacher or local authority moderator.

Early years foundation stage

All providers of education and care to children from birth to the age of five must follow the standards set in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework. You can find out more about it from the National Strategies website.

Early years providers who require exemption from the EYFS framework should visit our EYFS exemptions page. It explains the circumstances regarding exemptions, and the application process.

EYFS profile

Assessment, based on observation of children's learning and development, is an integral part of the EYFS. All early years providers must complete an EYFS profile for each child during the academic year they reach the age of five (for most children this is the reception year in primary school).

The profile describes the child's level of attainment at the end of the EYFS and identifies their learning needs for the next stage of school, helping year 1 teachers to plan an effective and appropriate curriculum for the child.

We have developed a series of materials offering advice and guidance to practitioners involved in assessing, completing, recording and moderating EYFS profiles, accessible on our EYFS profile resources page.

EYFS profile eUpdate

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile eUpdates for local authorities.

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile eUpdates for schools

Last modified: 28 Apr 2010