The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021

The framework is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • childcare providers
  • childminders

It relates to:

  • maintained schools
  • non-maintained schools
  • independent schools
  • academies and free schools
  • nurseries
  • private nursery schools
  • pre-schools/playgroups
  • childminding

The framework:

  • sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well
  • ensures children are kept healthy and safe
  • ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school

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Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework