EYFS teachers: performance management

Find out your requirements for assessing EYFS teachers, and read a summary of the early years' Teachers' Standards.

Last reviewed on 3 May 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Using the Teachers' Standards for appraisal
  2. Decide whether to use the early years' Teachers’ Standards
  3. Get more support for performance management 

Using the Teachers' Standards for appraisal

Maintained schools

Teachers in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in maintained schools are classed as school teachers and are subject to the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012. This means they need to be assessed against the "standards applicable to that teacher" as well as their objectives (regulation 7, paragraph 6).

These standards are:

  • Teachers’ Standards
  • Any other set of teachers' performance standards published by the secretary of state that the governing board, headteacher or local authority (LA) determines is applicable to a teacher's performance

This is explained in regulation 6, paragraph 8.


The Teachers' Standards only apply to:

You may still find the standards a useful guide when carrying