Exploring the Recent Updates to the EYFS Framework: September 2023
In the early years sector, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework serves as a foundation for shaping the experiences and development of children attending early years provision. In the ever-evolving landscape of early years education, staying informed about changes to regulations and guidelines is crucial. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, a fundamental document governing early years settings in England, has recently seen several significant updates. In this blog post, we’ll outline these changes to keep you in the loop.
It is important to note that these changes came into effect from the 4th of September 2023.
1. Staff-to-Child Ratios:
One of the primary revisions involves adjustments to staff-to-child ratios, specifically for two-year-olds in nurseries and pre-schools. The previous statutory minimum ratio of 1:4 has been updated to 1:5. This change aims to maintain a high standard of care while accommodating the evolving needs of early years settings.
2. Flexibility for Childminders:
The updated EYFS framework introduces increased flexibility concerning childminder ratio rules. Childminders are now permitted to care for more than the previously specified maximum of three young children. This flexibility extends to include childminders’ own children and the siblings of children they are already caring for. This adjustment recognises the diverse circumstances in which childminders operate and aims to facilitate their ability to provide quality care.
3. Safe Eating Practices:
Ensuring the safety and well-being of children during mealtimes is of paramount importance. The revised EYFS framework provides additional clarity regarding safe eating practices. It stipulates that “adequate supervision” during meal times necessitates that children must be within both sight and hearing range of a responsible adult. This guidance reinforces the commitment to creating a secure environment for children while they enjoy their meals.
4. Ongoing Consultations:
It’s essential to note that further changes to the EYFS framework are under consultation. These potential changes include adjustments to staff qualification requirements. If these proposals move forward, they will come into effect at a later date. Staying informed and engaged during the consultation process is crucial for all early years practitioners
As early years practitioners and educators, it’s our responsibility to stay informed and adapt to these updates to continue providing care and education for the children in our care.