EYFS teachers: performance objectives

Learn how to set performance objectives for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teachers, and see example objectives with suggested success criteria for meeting them.

Last reviewed on 25 January 2024
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  1. Set objectives with reference to professional standards
  2. Use the EYFS framework to inform performance objectives
  3. See example EYFS objectives
  4. Objectives related to pupil progress

Set objectives with reference to professional standards

The Teachers’ Standards apply to most teachers in maintained schools (see an overview of what this means here). When you’re setting performance objectives, you should account for: 

  • Each teacher’s job description
  • Their responsibilities
  • Their role within the school 

You may wish to use the Teachers’ Standards for early years. These standards are meant for those working towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and set out professional and personal requirements and objectives for early years teachers (pages 2-5). 

Use the EYFS framework to inform performance objectives

The EYFS framework sets out 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of children’s learning that are important for early years teaching. These are:


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


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

See pages 8-9 of the framework.

You can use these key areas to build performance objectives for EYFS teachers. For example, consider:

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