The statutory framework section of the EYFS is a mandatory document to be followed by all Early Years providers, including schools, childminders and afterschool/holiday clubs. Failure to comply with these health, safety and welfare requirements are deemed an offence and Ofsted will inspect and deal with this accordingly. This framework is basically a rules and regulations manual for practitioners and managers to adhere to at all times.
All learning and development requirements and the safeguarding and welfare requirements are given legal force by section 39(1) (a) and (b) of the childcare act 2006.
The basic premise for the EYFS and its requirements is for children to get the best possible start to life that enables them to fulfil their potentials. The EYFS seeks to provide, quality and consistency, a secure foundation, partnership working and equality of opportunity.
These are achieved through the safeguarding and welfare requirements, which include:-
and also the learning development requirements, which are –
Early years providers all work towards four over arching principles that should shape their practice, these are :-
To read the statuary framework yourselves or find out more about the EYFS visit –