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Reception Year: The Birth to Five Matters Guidance

With a revised Early Years Foundation Stage becoming statutory in September, the early years sector has united to produce research-led guidance offering a pedagogically sound method of delivery. Neil Henty looks at its implications for primary schools and Reception year teaching

As a senior leader, you need to be sensitive to the needs of the young children in your care and to the foundational journey of their learning. You also need to be aware of the changes that are happening in the early years, both in terms of pedagogy and policy.

Changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Last year, the Department for Education published a revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework (DfE, 2020a, 2020b). The statutory framework: “Sets the standards that schools and early years providers must meet to ensure that children are taught and develop well, and are kept healthy and safe from birth to age five.”

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