Early Years' Foundation Stage Profile remaining for 2016/17

Early Years' Foundation Stage Profile remaining for 2016/17

Posted on Oct 01, 2016

Early Years' Foundation Stage Profile remaining for 2016/17



Remaining Statutory

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) was due to become non-statutory from September 2016. However, the Standards and Testing Agency issued communications during the 2016 summer break, stating that schools must continue to complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, or EYFSP, for their reception-year pupils in the summer term, by 30 June 2017 and report the results to local authorities.


What is the Early Years' Foundation Stage Profile?

The EYFSP is the report of a child’s development and achievement up until the end of the reception year. Assessment is ongoing throughout the early years foundation stages, but the official EYFSP for each child is completed in the final term of Reception.


The EYFSP has 3 main objectives:

  1. To inform parents about their children’s development
  2. To ease the transition to Key Stage 1
  3. To help Year 1 teachers plan for the year ahead to meet the needs of the entire class.


The EYFS Profile is broken down into seven specific areas of learning:

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSE)
  • Literacy development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


You can read more about each specific area of learning, and the early learning goals associated with them by clicking here and reading one of our previous blogs.


How are children assessed?

A completed EYFS Profile consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child assessed in relation to the 17 early learning goals, together with a short narrative describing the child’s three learning characteristics (Playing and exploring, Active learning and Creative & critical thinking).

Children are assessed at each of the four age bands, called the ‘Development Matters’ bands:

  • 16-26 months
  • 22-36 months
  • 30-50 months
  • 40-60 months

The EYFS Profile is completed in the term that a child reaches the age of 5.

Once completed, copies of the profile must be provided to parents or carers, and shared with the local authority and year 1 teacher of their chosen school.


What form should the assessment take?

The Government does not specify what form the assessment should take, however, generally speaking, it takes place through teacher observation of children’s learning and development as they take part in everyday activities, and planned observations, where teachers spend time on a specific task with an individual child or small group.

Parents and childminders can also contribute to the Profile by adding comments to the child’s learning journal. Quite simply, the learning journal is a record of achievement containing things like photos, pieces of work and observations about the child’s development.


Train your staff

Everyone working in an early years setting needs to be aware of the learning and development areas, the early learning goals, and have a broad understanding of the rest of the EYFS framework.

Register with flick today and you can train your staff in all of this, and much more, as part of the flick subscription.

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