New EYFS Reforms:
Parent and Carer Information
You may or may not be aware that the government has been making some reforms to the curriculum that early years children experience from birth to five years old. The curriculum that your child will be taught from September 2021 will be the reformed version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These national changes have been made to better support all young children’s learning and development in particular the outcomes for children in Communication and Language.
Changes to the educational programmes
Educational programmes, referred to by some people as the ‘early years curriculum’, are the areas of learning and development which must shape the activities and experiences that your children have in their early years setting, at all ages. At Wyberton Primary Academy and Little Oaks Nursery the staff have been working hard to use the new educational programmes to design an exciting and engaging approach to our curriculum so that is right for the children who attend our settings.
The 7 areas of learning and development remain the same.
The 3 prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The 4 specific areas:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Changes have been made to the wording in the educational programmes. Specifically, this means:
- they are longer, there is more depth, and they contain examples of things that we can all (staff and parents) do with children to enable them to build a depth and breadth of knowledge skills and understandings;
- there is an increased focus on early language and extending vocabulary, with more examples on how to embed and develop vocabulary skills across all 7 areas.
The aim of this is to improve outcomes for children as they progress through the EYFS and on into the next stages of education.
Changes to the wider EYFS
There are some elements of the EYFS that have not significantly changed and some that have. Below are some of the key points from the new EYFS reforms that include relevant changes which parents, carers and children may notice or experience.
- Staff will be spending less time on large amounts of written observations and assessments for evidence collection. This means they can spend more time supporting and engaging with the children and their learning and development needs. You may notice that the quantity of observations on Tapestry reduce. Our focus, going forwards, is going to be on recording significant progression.
- Children will no longer be assessed against statements from an age band category – such as 40-60+. Instead, staff will use their experience and knowledge to monitor if a child’s learning and development is on track for their age. Again, on Tapestry you will no longer see these age bands used as part of the assessments on observations.
- There are still Early Learning Goals – the assessment used at the end of the Reception year, however these have changed. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with these by looking at the statutory guidance document found on this page. Previously the assessment of the Early Learning Goals has included an ‘exceeding’ statement – used to indicate children who have surpassed the content of the Early Learning Goals. This has been removed in the reforms. Children will instead be challenged to have a greater depth of understandings about the concepts and skills they have built up over their time in pre-school and Reception.
- Safeguarding and welfare of children is still a priority, with the added mention of teaching children about the importance of good oral health and how to keep teeth clean and healthy.