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  • Child-initiated learning in the EYFS What is child-initiated learning in the EYFS? This article explains child-initiated learning and looks at suggestions on how to support it. You will also find approaches to child-initiated play adopted by Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings.
  • Child-led and adult-led activities in the EYFS How often should children engage in adult-led activities? We look at what the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) says about child-led and adult-led activities. We also include examples of schools’ EYFS policies and research on child-led and adult-led activities.
  • Ensuring that play is purposeful: EYFS How can we ensure that play is purposeful? We refer to what the EYFS framework and the Ofsted inspection handbook say about purposeful play and its balance with adult-led activities. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts on ensuring that play is purposeful.
  • Equipment for an EYFS classroom What equipment should be used in an EYFS classroom? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts and look at the equipment that different settings use. We also link to commercial organisations that provide EYFS equipment.
  • Evaluating the learning environment: EYFS Download our EYFS learning environment audit to assess the indoor and outdoor learning spaces in your early years provision.
  • EYFS evidence scrutiny proformas Are there evidence scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc proforma for scrutinising evidence of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We link to a template from an LA and guidance on making work scrutinies effective.
  • EYFS framework 2017: summary of changes We summarise key changes in the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework relevant to schools and nurseries, including new requirements related to paediatric first aid training.
  • EYFS framework reforms: summary of changes UpdatedThe DfE has confirmed changes to the EYFS framework. Download our summary sheet to compare and contrast the changes with the existing framework, and read about the changes to assessment and moderation.
  • EYFS planning scrutiny proformas Are there examples of planning scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with two of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc with a planning scrutiny proforma and sample text. We also link to other articles with forms for scrutinising pupils' work.
  • EYFS timetables: examples Are there examples of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) timetables? This article highlights EYFS class timetables and nursery timetables. It also looks at examples of timetabling approaches in nursery schools developed in response to the 30 hour offer.
  • Guided reading strategies in the EYFS Are there strategies for conducting guided reading in the EYFS? We refer to two experts' advice on how to conduct guided reading in the EYFS. We also link to an Ofsted report that highlights successful strategies for teaching reading in the EYFS, including guided reading.
  • How to use the outdoors in the EYFS: guidance on effective practice What is considered good practice in outdoor provision in the EYFS? We look at guidance on effective outdoor learning in the EYFS, relay advice from two of our associate education experts and refer to a school case study on outdoor provision.
  • Key person in the EYFS Is there information on children’s key person? We explain that each child must have a designated key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and we look at how many children should be assigned to a key person.
  • Maths plans for the EYFS Are there examples of maths plans for the early years? In this article, we look at how learning objectives for maths have been included in schools’ medium and long-term plans for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Personalised planning within the EYFS How is personalised planning applied in the EYFS? One of our associate education experts provides advice on personalised planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and discusses involving parents, and planning for large reception classes. We link to further articles on planning in the EYFS.
  • Planning in the EYFS: examples, guidance and case studies Are there examples of outstanding planning for the EYFS? Ofsted does not specify what outstanding planning looks like. We link to examples of planning from 'outstanding' infant and special schools, and examples of planning templates from local authorities.
  • Planning templates for the EYFS Are there planning templates for the EYFS framework? This article relays advice from one of our associate education experts on producing a planning template based on the EYFS framework. We also link to templates produced by local authorities.
  • Poll: what proportion of children in reception were school ready? Have your say and find out what other school leaders are saying.