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EYFS 2021 Framework – why Footsteps 2 will follow Development Matters

Summary and key differences of the changes to the new EYFS 2021 framework.

  • There are now two sets of non-statutory guidance for the new EYFS framework: Development Matters and Birth to Five Matters.
  • The educational programmes for each EYFS area are longer and more in-depth.
  • The early learning goals (ELGs) have been changed to make them more specific.
  • There is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary, with more examples on how to develop skills across all 7 EYFS areas, because this improves child development in a broad curriculum.
Development matters

What are the key differences between Development Matters and Birth to Five Matters?

Development Matters

 

  • Produced by the Government and the DfE to support the EYFS framework.
  • More concise – the guidance is about two-thirds of the length of the previous version.
  • There are now 3 age bands instead of the 6 in the current DM guidance. They are: Age band 1 = 0 – 36 months, Age band 2 = 36 – 48 months and Age band 3 = 48 – 60 months
  • Contains examples of things you can do and how best to support children’s development.

Click here to view the full educational programme for Development Matters.

Birth to Five Matters

 

  • Produced by a coalition of Early Years organisations. The tag line of the document is “guidance by the sector, for the sector”.
  • More detailed than the new Development Matters guidance.
  • Introduced a concept of ‘Ranges’ which is more similar to the current age bands. View the “Ranges” here.
  • Layout in terms of EYFS areas & aspects is almost identical to the current DM guidance.

Click here to view the full educational programme for Birth to Five Matters.

    Why Footsteps 2 will follow Development Matters guidance.

     

    In April 2021 we created a survey and asked our Footsteps 2 customers which guidance they preferred. In May 2021 we hosted a webinar which we asked our Footsteps 2 customers if they will be following the new guidance from 1st September 2021. The results of both the survey and webinar poll can be seen below:

    Which non-statutory guidance should be included in Footsteps 2?

     

    56% of respondents indicated that they would like Footsteps 2 to follow the Development Matters framework and 32% would like to see Footsteps 2 follow Birth to Five Matters. As a result of our audience’s response, Parenta has decided to follow the Development Matters framework.

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    Development Matters

    Will you be following the new guidance from 1st September 2021?

     

    Over 91% of respondents indicated that they will be following the new guidance from September 2021 and just less than 3% indicate that they will not be following the new guidance.

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    Yes

    What changes can I expect in Footsteps 2?

    Children

     

    • The ‘View Profile’ button has been replaced with a ‘New Observation’ button.

    • The ‘underachieving’ and ‘overachieving’ highlighting logic has been removed.

    Reports

     

    • The following reports will be updated to work with EYFS 2021: Learning Journey, Next Steps and Wellbeing & Involvement

    All other reports will continue to work but will only show historical progress data up to 31/08/21. 

      Observations

       

      • The EYFS guidance on the ‘Learning’ section & ‘Next Steps’ section of the Observation form has been updated.
      • The CoEL guidance on the ‘CoEL’ section of the Observation form has been updated.
      • The Positive Relationships & Enabling Environments modal has been replaced with ‘Support Examples’ from the new guidance.
      • The Leuven Scales section on the Observation form will no longer be included by default.
      • The baseline observation has been reset to allow users to complete a new baseline for each child.
      • The EYFS guidance for baseline observations has been updated.
      • Upon switchover, any remaining draft observations will become read-only.
      • Upon switchover, any remaining observations that are awaiting approval will become read-only.
      • The colour scheme of the EYFS areas has been changed to match the guidance document.
      • A ‘View Observation’ page has been created to allow users to view observations created on the old guidance.

      Assessments

       

      • The 2 Year Check assessment has been updated to remove EYFS aspects and the colour scheme has been changed.
      • The EYFS Profile assessment has been temporarily removed whilst we update it. You will still be able to view all of your existing EYFS Profile assessments.
      • We have added a new generic Progress Check assessment.
      • Upon switchover, any remaining draft assessments will become read-only.
      • Upon switchover, any remaining assessments that are awaiting approval will become read-only.
      • A ‘View Assessment’ page has been created to allow users to view observations created on the old guidance.

      Watch a recording of our training videos:

      EYFS 2021 Footsteps 2 changes

      Full Footsteps 2 training

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