Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework

The EYFS is made up of a pack of resources which contains the regulatory and legal framework for early childhood education and care. It comprises:

The statutory Framework for the EYFS

This sets out both the welfare requirements and the learning and development requirements which must be followed by all providers in delivering the EYFS. The welfare requirements cover safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare, suitable people, premises, environment and equipment and the documents and procedures required for the safe and efficient management of settings. The learning and development requirements set out providers’ duties under each of the six areas of Learning and Development and include the early learning goals.

Practice for the EYFS

This provides some further advice on the legal requirements, details of the areas of Learning and Development and on key areas such as the EYFS principles and assessment.

Poster and cards

A-1 poster which sets out the four Principles of the EYFS and gives an overview of sixteen Commitments that providers need to follow in order to put the Principles into practice. This will be helpful to use with parents and professionals to introduce the EYFS.

24 cards which give practitioners the Principles and Commitments at a glance as well as introductory guidance on putting the principles into practice. They also provide details of the requirements for the areas of Learning and Development as well as an overview of child development.

  • About the themes and principles

    Find out about the principles of the four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

  • Child development overview

    Find out about the six phases of child development from birth to five years across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You can use these to identify children’s development, monitor their progress and plan activities for your Early Years settings.

  • Statutory framework for the EYFS

    This resource provides the statutory framework for setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You can use the framework to lay secure foundations in your Early Years setting and to help you plan around the individual needs and interests of each child.

  • Practice for the EYFS

    Find out about setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. See how you can meet the requirements of the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and find useful advice and detailed information on supporting children’s learning and development and welfare.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage poster

    You can display this colourful poster showing the four principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in your Early Years setting as a useful reference point.

  • Principles into practice cards

    You can use these colourful reference cards to help you put the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) principles into practice. The cards show the four principle themes of child development, each of which is supported by four commitments that describe how the principle can be put into practice.