Out now: The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage: Principles into Practice

Julian Grenier led on the revision of Development Matters for the Department for Education. He has independently written guidance to support practitioners, teachers and settings in understanding and implementing the updated Development Matters.

Our new publication is available to download free as a PDF by clicking on the blue Download button. Or you can buy it as a published book, with full colour photographs and illustrations by Juli Dosad.

This guidance is strong, evidence-based and most importantly prioritises disadvantaged children. The equalities and SEND sections are particularly important. I know that teachers and early years practitioners will welcome it.’
Iram Siraj, professor of child development and education, Oxford University.

I think this document is invaluable for practitioners and will certainly be using it with the team at Busy Bees.
Deena Billings, Quality Director, Busy Bees Nurseries.

‘I found this a really useful document which explains in detail the principles and intentions behind the revised framework. It also provides a useful insight into the most effective early years pedagogy, assessment and curriculum development. I believe that both experienced early years practitioners and leaders, as well as those with little EYFS experience, will find it helpful and informative.’
Local authority primary adviser with an early years specialism.

‘This document explores the rationale and context behind the changes and elaborates the guidance to fully inform everyone involved in EYFS provision. It details the thinking behind these developments and plots the course of how we create, support and sustain a responsible and informed approach to delivering the EYFS.
Jan Dubiel, Independent Early Years Consultant.

‘Relevant for those new to EYFS as well as experienced practitioners. Love the ‘Find Out More’ links.Mrs Jone, EYFS lead, Bricknell Primary School, Hull

What do you think about – Working with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage: Principles into Practice?

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this document and that it supports you as you develop your practice. But like everything else we do in the early years to keep improving, this can only be work in progress and never the ‘final word’.

We’d love to hear back from you. What do you like about the guidance? What could be better?

We’d especially like to hear from you if you’d like to help us to improve this document. If your contribution is published, we’ll acknowledge your authorship and send you a free copy of the next edition.

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Development Matters 2020

In September 2020, The Department for Education (DfE) published Development Matters. This revised guidance is non-statutory and supports the delivery of the revised early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.
The new Development Matters has been developed by Dr Julian Grenier, in consultation with a range of professionals across the early years sector. It offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn. It guides, but does not replace, professional judgement.
The guidance sets out pathways of children’s development in broad ages and stages. It recognises that the  actual development and learning of young children is not so neat and orderly. The document encourages early years practitioners to use their knowledge to facilitate holistic learning and development and help children make progress without generating unnecessary paperwork.
This is in line with the main aims of the reforms to the EYFS – to improve outcomes for all children, especially disadvantaged children, and to reduce teacher and practitioner workload.
Who is the guidance for?
The guidance has been written for all early years practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, pre-schools, and nursery and reception classes in school. 
When should the guidance be used?
The guidance can be used by schools participating in the EYFS reforms early adopter year to support changing their curriculum and practice as they deliver the new framework this year. Those who are not early adopters may find some elements of the new Development Matters useful in 2020/21 but they will still need to follow the existing EYFS framework until statutory roll out of the reforms in September 2021.

Find out more about Development Matters 2020

Blogs and Vlogs
Since the revised Development Matters was published for early adopter schools in September 2020, there have been several video discussions (vlogs) and blogs about the new guidance. Hear from Julian Grenier with representatives from Ofsted and the Department for Education:

Early Adopter Facebook group
Foundation Years Website
Foundation Stage Forum
ICAN: supporting children’s communication with the revised Development Matters

Childcare.co.uk: video interview
Blog: Asses
sment beyond levels in the early years – improving learning for all children

Nursery World: EYFS guidance – the big picture (£)