Statutory framework : understanding the EYFS

26th October 2015

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:-

  • Child protection – suitable people procedures
  • Staff qualifications, training and support
  • Staff:child ratios
  • Accident and injury
  • And many more . . .

and also the learning development requirements, which are –

  • Areas of learning and development that shape activities and experiences
  • Early learning goals that all children work towards and hoped to achieve at the end of the academic year in which they turn 5.
  • Assessment arrangements for measuring progress (including ongoing assessments and 2 year progress checks).

Four principles

Early years providers all work towards four over arching principles that should shape their practice, these are :-

  1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and /or carers
  4. Children Learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision

To read the statuary framework yourselves or find out more about the EYFS visit –

 statutory framework


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