This Statistical First Release contains national and local authority level results for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) assessments for 2009. The Release is the sixth in an annual series of Statistics and is the first since regulations came into force under which the Foundation Stage Profile is now known as the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The Release shows the percentage of children achieving each point on the 13 EYFSP assessment scales and provides figures that help to assess progress towards the achievement of Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets and associated National Indicators (NI).

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The majority of children continue to work securely within (6 points or more) the Early Learning Goals for all assessment areas.

  • The assessment area with the highest percentage of children working securely within the Early Learning Goals was:
    • Physical development - 90 per cent

  • The assessment area with the lowest percentage of children working securely within the Early Learning Goals was:
    • Communication, Language and Literacy: Writing - 62 per cent

  • Girls continue to achieve at a higher level than boys. For each assessment area more girls than boys work securely within (6 points or more) the Early Learning Goals:

    • The largest gap in achievement is in Communication, Language and Literacy: writing at 19 percentage points.

    • The smallest gap in achievement is in Knowledge and Understanding of the World at 3 percentage points.

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  • The percentage of children achieving a good level of development in 2009 was 52 per cent compared to 49 per cent in 2008 and 46 per cent in 2007.

Contact details

Natalie Masters
Telephone: 0114 274 2195
Email: natalie.masters@education.gsi.gov.uk