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New Development Matters guidance published by DfE

The Department for Education has published revised curriculum guidance as schools start to adopt the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) framework.

The new guidance is intended to provide support to the 2,800 organisations who have signed up to the new framework as early adopters. Other organisations may still use the new guidance but must also be able to prove they are adhering to previous guidelines prior to the revised framework becoming statutory in September 2021.

The guidance is intended for all early years practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, and nursery and reception classes in school and ‘offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn, and guides, but does not replace, professional judgement.’

The guidance states ‘Development Matters sets out the pathways of children’s development in broad ages and stages. However, the actual learning of young children is not so neat and orderly. The main purpose of these pathways is therefore to help you assess each child’s level of development. Accurate assessment helps practitioners to make informed decisions about what a child needs to learn and be able to do next.’

‘The document is not a tick list for generating lots of data. You can use your professional knowledge to help children make progress without needing to record lots of next steps. Settings can help children to make progress without generating unnecessary paperwork’.

Read the new guidance here.