Early Years Foundation Stage 2021

The Department for Education published the new Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2021) in June 2021, and it came into effect on 1 September 2021.

There are relatively few changes in EYFS 2021 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, 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 2021

For out of school clubs on the Early Years Register, the most significant changes in EYFS 2021 are:

  • An amendment to nake clear providers duties with regards to the Equality Act 2010 (3.20)
  • The addition of oral health to the current requirement to promote children's health (3.45)
  • Specific clarification regarding corporal punishment (3.53)
  • Removal of requirement to seek permission from Ofsted to store records off-site (3.69)
  • New paragraph in order to clarify that EYFS sits alongside other legal requirements which providers are required to meet (3.80)

    It is highly likely that you will already be operating in line with these amendments, however they have been made more clear in the EYFS Requirements. 

  • There is a new requirement in Annex A regarding Paediatric First Aid, which clarifies that the Emergency element of any training (full PFA or emergency PFA) should be delivered face to face and a footnote clairfying that this means trainers must be physically present with trainees and excludes virtual training for this element. You should check that any PFA training you are about to book meets this criteria, but note that the other elements of the PFA training could be delivered virtually. 


More information

Download the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021

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