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EYFS framework and non statutory guidance

STATUTORY EYFS Framework (From September 2021_
This document spells out your statutory duties from Sept 2021. It provides the skeleton, the bare bones, what you MUST do....
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Birth to Five Matters- NON-STATUTORY guidance- by the sector, for the sector
This extensive document began with Development Matters 2012 as the starting point for building something truly open and democratic that grew from the sector. Covering so much more than the areas of learning and development- this practice guide is essential reading as we move towards the EYFS reforms 2021. Make sure you check out this online version too with endless links to research, evidence and resources. ALL COMPLETELY FREE.
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Levels of Involvement

Levels of Involvement document shared by Carol JB
Levels of involvement document.docx
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Levels of Involvement and Well being scales shared by Catriona Hayes
The Leuven Scales for Well-being and Inv[...]
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Planning in the EYFS/Yr1

Planning Rationale shared by Anna Ephgrave
planning rationale (1).pdf
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Year One Curriculum Booklet shared by Anna Ephgrave
A NC booklet that supports the In the Moment approach outlined in Anna's best selling Year One in Action book.
year 1 booklet 2015 (1) (3).docx
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Year One Curriculum Map shared by Suzie Strutt
Year One New Curriculum Map (5).pdf
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Leadership and Management tools

Observation of Learning, Playing and Interacting shared by Jude Twani
An observation proforma focussed on the quality of interactions.
Observation of learning, playing and int[...]
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EYs Sef shared by Anna Ephgrave
EYs SEF blank-2 (2).doc
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Action plan shared by Sarah Brailey
action plan NF (2).pdf
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Cursive writing document shared by Debbie Thornton
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EYFS session observation proforma shared by Jude Twani
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EYFS session observation adapted and shared by Elaine Bennett
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Enabling environments

Free Loose Parts Toolkit from Inspiring Scotland.


Will support you all the way on your loose parts journey- bring together research, theory and practice. Absolutely essential reading!


Loose Parts Toolkit 2019

Free Mud Kitchen guide written by the God Mother of Mud Kitchens- Jan White!



Making a Mud Kitchen 



No weighing baking recipes shared by Rachel Lindsay
No weighing baking recipes (1).docx
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Process cooking shared by Julie Nakdali
Process cooking.doc
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Useful DCSF archived documents: Some oldies but goodies. Caution: Be aware of references to previous framework and related changes in terminology.

Learning, Playing and Interacting
This guidance considers the best approaches to play and learning for young children and clarifies the role of adults who support and enhance young children’s learning. This publication reflects the guidance contained within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) materials and the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) Handbook.

As well as demonstrating how pedagogy, provision and assessment are interwoven, it aims to help practitioners understand how evidence about children’s attainment can be drawn from a wide range of contexts including child-initiated and adult-led activities, particularly clarifying how this supports completion of the EYFSP in reception.
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Challenging practice to further improve Learning, playing and interacting in the EYFS
The target audience for this guidance is primarily Early Years Consultants (EYCs), but it is also relevant to School Improvement Partners (SIPs) and leaders/managers of Early Years settings (including headteachers, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) coordinators and leading practitioners).

The aim of this material is, through the support and challenge role of the EYC and the Early Years workforce, to:

further raise the quality of learning and teaching in the EYFS in all settings
improve provision
develop practitioner understanding of pedagogy.
These aims will support EYCs in contributing to achieving the following goals:

narrow the gap in outcomes for the most vulnerable children
improve outcomes for all children.
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What to Expect When
Parents guide to Development matters
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Mark Making Matters – young children making meaning in all areas of learning and development
The booklet also explores how an improved understanding of the importance of mark making can strengthen provision for CLL and PSRN. It will illustrate how children’s confidence in themselves as writers and as mathematical thinkers, can be promoted through the introduction of children’s mathematical graphics.
Mark Making Matters.pdf
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Young Children Thinking Mathematically – PSRN Essential Knowledge for Practitioners
This booklet focuses on children’s mathematical development, which is explored in the area of learning and development entitled Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Children thinking mathematically_ PSRN e[...]
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Finding and Exploring Young Children’s Fascinations: strengthening the quality of gifted and talented provision in the early years
Guidance draws on current research evidence and practitioner case studies to explore how each child’s unique strengths, interests, aptitudes and passions can be recognised, celebrated and nurtured in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
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Gateway to Writing: Crucial role of the early years practitioner
The Gateway to Writing resources highlight the importance of the four interdependent strands of language development, and the crucial role of practitioners in supporting children’s development and learning. The materials include examples of effective practice and writing samples that show clear progression in children’s developing skills.

This resource reflects the interdependent nature of the four aspects of language development: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
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Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Montesorri Settings
Booklet produced by the Montessori St Nicholas charity explaining how Montessori addresses EYFS themes and principles – show how the Montessori approach to planning, to the areas of learning and to assessment meets the requirements of the EYFS without compromising Montessorian principles. The EYFS supports these Montessori approaches, which have been used for over a hundred years.

The sections of this 36 page booklet, produced for the 2008 EYFS standards, are Section 1: EYFS – principles into practice; Section 2: EYFS – overview of welfare requirements; Section 3: Learning and development requirements; Section 4: Observation, assessment and planning; Section 5: Examples of how Montessori settings meet the learning and development requirements; Section 6: Acknowledgements, useful add
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Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Settings
he Steiner Waldorf approach is founded on the work of the Austrian philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner, who wished to create a form of education which would help pupils achieve clarity of thought, sensitivity of feeling and strength of will. This booklet gives the Steiner view on how the EYFS learning and development principles and goals might be addressed within the Steiner Waldorf early childhood curriculum, and guides the reader through each section covering the principles, practice and learning and development requirements.
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