A greater focus on early language and vocabulary
The updated EYFS framework will apply from 1 September 2021.
It includes more emphasis on communication and language (1 of the 3 'prime' areas of learning and development).
This is through, for example:
- Quality back-and-forth interactions with adults and peers
- Active engagement in a range of texts, like stories, non-fiction and poems
- Extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts
This more detailed approach to communication and language follows the principle that 'the development of children’s spoken language underpins all 7 areas of learning and development'.
See page 8 of the updated framework, and read more about the full changes to the framework in our other article.
Early learning goals in communication and language
The Department for Education said in its original consultation