The Department for Education published the new Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2017) on 3 March 2017, and it came into effect on 3 April 2017.
There are relatively few changes in EYFS 2017 that will affect the practice of out of school clubs. The majority of the changes simply bring the Statutory Framework up to date by incorporating a number of developments that have been introduced since it was last published in 2014, for example, childminder agencies and the Prevent Duty, and by clarifying some areas that may previously have been unclear or ambiguous. In this article we take a look at the most significant changes that will affect out of school clubs.
Significant changes in EYFS 2017
For out of school clubs on the Early Years Register, the most significant changes in EYFS 2017 are:
- The training that you provide for all of your staff must now include how to recognise when girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), or may have been subjected to it. [para 3.6]
- Your setting must have regard to the Prevent Duty. [para 3.7]
Of course, you should already have been doing this as the Prevent Duty was introduced in 2015.
- In order for newly qualified staff (ie those with the new Early Years Educator qualification) to be counted as Level 3 qualified staff within your staffing ratios, they must have a suitable Level 2 qualification as defined by the DfE. [footnote 29]
This is a relaxation of the requirement for staff to have a GCSE grade C in the two subjects, which was introduced last year to much consternation within the Early Years sector.
Note: If you only take children who are in Reception or above at your club this requirement will not affect you, because you do not need to have any Level 3 qualified staff.
- In order for newly qualified staff (ie those who have qualified since 30 June 2016) to be counted as Level 2 or Level 3 staff within your staffing ratios, they must also have a paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate. [3.25]
Note: If you only take children who are in Reception or above at your club this requirement will not affect you, because you do not need to have any Level 2 or 3 qualified staff.
- You must now inform parents about which staff at your club have PFA certificates. [para 3.25]
- There is a new section at the end of EYFS 2017, called Annex A, which defines what topics suitable PFA training should cover. You should check that any PFA training you are about to book meets these criteria.
Other changes in EYFS 2017
For a full list of all of the changes in EYFS 2017 that apply to out of school clubs, together with suggestions on how to implement them and which of your policies may be affected, see our Key Changes Guide.