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Last reviewed on 10 May 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Nursery, Primary

Learn about the 3 statutory requirements under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework 2021 and the role of your local authority, and how these differ from the 2017 framework.

Statutory framework for the EYFS

All early years providers, including maintained schools, academies and independent schools, must adopt the 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework from 1 September 2021.  

This framework includes the following statutory assessments:

Progress check at age 2

You must give parents and carers a short written summary of their child’s development when the child is aged between 2 and 3. 

 This must include a summary of the child’s development in the prime areas: 

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

You must identify the child’s strengths in these areas, and any areas where their progress is less than expected.

Areas in which the child is progressing well Areas in which some additional support might be needed Any significant emerging concerns, or a special educational need or disability - in

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