This Statistical Release provides information at national level on the percentages of children achieving each scale point on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) in 2008/09.

It gives further detail to the Statistical First Release 'Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results in England, 2008/09' which reported the percentage of children who achieved a particular score on each scale of the EYFSP.

The statistics are published as experimental statistics and do not display the National Statistics logo, as they are still being evaluated and remain subject to further testing in terms of their volatility and ability to meet customer needs. The results should be treated with caution as this is only the second year that such data have been released.

The key points from this release are:

  • The vast majority of children achieve points 1-3 on each scale; these are known as the stepping stone points.
  • The percentage of children achieving each scale point generally decreases from points 4-8. These are the early learning goals, on each scale.
  • On each scale, point 9, which describes the attainment of a child who has achieved all the early learning goals, and who is consistently working beyond them, was achieved by only a small percentage of children.
  • Most of the points are achieved by a higher percentage of girls than boys.
  • More children are achieving scale points 4-6, whilst fewer children are achieving points 7-9 in 2009 compared to 2008.