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Last reviewed on 25 August 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Nursery, Primary

Find out what policies you need to have in place for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Download our list of statutory policies and documents

This list sets out the statutory policies and procedures all schools with an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) must hold, as specified in the statutory framework for the EYFS. These are in addition to the statutory policies you need to hold for all age ranges.

You’re not required to have separate policies to cover EYFS requirements, provided you already meet the requirements through an existing policy (see paragraph 3.3 of the EYFS framework).

KeyDoc: list of statutory policies and procedures for the EYFS

Approval and review of policies


Your governing board is free to determine which individual or body is responsible for approving EYFS policies.

This is explained in the Department for Education’s (DfE's) guidance on statutory policies for schools.

You should review your child protection policy at least annually, as per the expectation for child protection policies set out in the DfE’s statutory safeguarding guidance,

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