CHANGES TO THE EYFS RULES FOR 2017
On 3 March 2017, Caroline Dinenage, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, announced that a revised EYFS would be published later that day and enforced from Monday 3 April 2017.
In fact, it appears that there is no significant change to the curriculum. Here is what we have managed to glean so far…
This section includes a new paragraph which clarifies which elements of the EYFS are requirements (indicated by the word “must”) and which are provisions which providers must have regard to (indicated by the word “should”).
2. PRE-RECEPTION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Paragraph 1.1 – footnote 5 has been amended to clarify the position for providers who offer exclusively “out of school hours” care for children younger than the Reception class age range.
Paragraph 1.5 includes a link to the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on physical activity for children.
Paragraph 3.7 (child protection) includes references to new and updated guidance and advice from government, published since the last EYFS framework in 2014: Prevent Duty Guidance 2015; Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Paragraph 3.23 (staff qualifications, training, support and skills) includes new information setting out the literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 early years educator (EYE) staff. As was announced on 3 March, childcarers must have a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths to be counted in the ratios – not necessarily a GCSE.
Paragraph 3.25 (ratios) includes detail for school-based childcare settings run by the governing body (under section 27 of the Education Act 2002). This change was previously communicated to Ofsted and local authorities in 2015.
Paragraph 3.42 (childminders) includes a further example of when exceptions to usual ratios may be made to maintain continuity of care.
Paragraph 3.45 (medicines) has been updated to clarify that prescription medicines must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist.
We’re currently building an assessment framework for EYFS (a sleeker, more sophisticated version of the EYFS module) so we will be incorporating these changes.