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Early Years leads and moderators within LAs.


The reformed Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), which will come into effect from September 2012, has been published. It builds on the independent advice of Dame Clare Tickell. Local authorities are asked to respond to the challenge Clare Tickell set to reduce paperwork and bureaucracy for professionals and enable them to focus more strongly on the areas of learning most essential for children's healthy development. The new framework is designed to support that. It will simplify assessment at age five, reduce the early learning goals from 69 to 17, and provide for earlier intervention for children who need extra help.

The EYFS and supporting materials are available on the Department's website.

Action required and due date

To note ahead of implementation in September 2012.