The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics.

A completed EYFS Profile consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child assessed in relation to the 17 ELG descriptors, together with a short narrative describing the child’s three learning characteristics.

This Handbook has been developed to support practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child’s attainment. It also provides exemplification to enable effective moderation of judgements so that EYFS Profile outcomes are accurate and consistent across all settings.


  • Introduction
  • EYFS Profile purposes, principles and processes
  • Inclusion
  • Completing the EYFS Profile
  • Exemplification of expected descriptors
  • Moderation of the EYFS Profile
  • Quality assurance of the EYFS Profile