EYFS Coronavirus Disapplications

EYFS Coronavirus Disapplications

We have updated this guidance to:

provide guidance on the arrangements for the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) assessment in 2021, which will not be mandatory but which providers will be required to use ‘best endeavours’ to complete (sections 2.1, 2.3, 4.2, 6.2)
provide guidance on what to do if paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or by complying with related government advice (section 7.2)
2. Introduction
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children aged 0 to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

To support early years providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government is allowing providers to use temporary disapplications and modifications to certain elements of the EYFS where government imposed restrictions impact on a provider’s ability to deliver the EYFS. The specific disapplications and modifications are set out in sections 5 to 7.

This is to allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe. Further detail on how providers will be inspected from January 2021 can be found in Ofsted’s operational notes.
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