EYFS framework and profile: summary

Understand everything you need to know about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and profile so you’re clued-up and ready to hold your school leaders to account.

Last reviewed on 15 November 2022
School types: All · School phases: Nursery, Primary
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  1. Is this article for me?
  2. The EYFS framework and profile
  3. Use the framework to monitor the EYFS
  4. Summary of the EYFS framework 
  5. Assessment and moderation in the EYFS
  6. Reporting of the EYFS profile

The latest Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework came into force on 1 September 2021 – it’s statutory and applicable to all EYFS settings. 

Is this article for me?

All governors have responsibility for monitoring the various aspects covered under the EYFS framework, but this article is most useful to governors with specific oversight responsibilities, such as link governors for EYFS.

If you're a governor with oversight responsibility for the EYFS, nothing here will change how you monitor your school. You're not expected to know the framework set out here in detail – just be generally aware of what it is, and use the drop-downs if you need more details.

The EYFS framework and profile

The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS (i.e. at the end of