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Implementing Development Matters: Six things to do now

The revised Development Matters non-statutory guidance has been produced to support schools in delivering the EYFS reforms from September 2021. Stephen Kilgour identifies six things we can do now to prepare…

Early years leaders will no doubt be aware of the revised Development Matters guidance (DfE, 2020a) which can be used alongside the revised EYFS framework, which is statutory from September 2021 (DfE, 2020b).

Meanwhile, the early years sector has come together to publish on March 31, 2021, Birth to 5 Matters, rival guidance which is a response to the government’s reforms to the EYFS in England.

Development Matters is not statutory but many leaders plan to implement it. Starting to plan now, particularly preparing and working with staff, will help the implementation go more smoothly. Here are six ideas to get your preparations started.

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