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The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage, 2021


All Reception class staff will be working with a revised framework from September 2021. Both the statutory and non-statutory guidance teachers work with have been changed. 


The DfE (Department For Education) state that the aims of the reforms are to:

  • improve outcomes for children 
  • strengthen language development 
  • reduce unnecessary paperwork so that staff can spend more time engaging in high quality interactions with children, supporting their learning. 


4 Overarching Principles

The Unique Child 

Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments 

Learning and Development 


3 Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring

Active Learning 

Creating and Thinking Critically 


7 Areas of Learning 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language 

Physical Development 



Understanding The World

Expressive Arts and Design 

The EYFS at Tanworth-in-Arden