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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
May 2008 Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five

STATUTORY FRAMEWORK

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Contents

Section 1 – Introduction
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Purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage Context and legal responsibilities About this document A principled approach Setting the standards Providing for equality of opportunity Creating the framework for partnership working Improving quality and consistency Laying a secure foundation for future learning

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Section 2 – The learning and development requirements
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Overview of the learning and development requirements The early learning goals and educational programmes Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication, Language and Literacy Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy Knowledge and Understanding of the World Physical Development Creative Development The assessment arrangements Assessment during the EYFS Assessment at the end of the EYFS – the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Assessment arrangements – the requirements

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
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Section 3 – The welfare requirements
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Overview of the welfare requirements The general welfare requirements Meeting the welfare requirements Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare Suitable people Suitable premises, environment and equipment Organisation Documentation

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Section 4 – Other information
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Other legal duties Competency in English Exemptions Inspection and regulation Local authorities Where to go for help

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Appendix 1


Assessment scales

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Appendix 2


Specific legal requirements for ratios of adults to children

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Glossary
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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

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Section 1 – Introduction
Purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage
1.1 Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being by: setting the standards for the learning, development and care young children should experience when they are attending a setting outside their family home, ensuring that every child makes progress and that no child gets left behind; providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice and ensuring that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability; creating the framework for partnership...
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