The Department for Education has today released their analysis of this year’s EYFS Profile results. Some of the key findings, which cover England only, include:
- 66.3% of children achieved a good level of development, up 5.9 percentage points from last year, but girls continue to outperform boys
- Girls still continue to do better than boys, but the gender gap has decreased from 16.3 percentage points to 15.6 percentage points
- Nearly all local authorities improved on last year’s performance, and the variation between the top and bottom performing local authority is narrowing.
Commenting on these figures, PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram said:
"It is good news that EYFS profile results continues to improve. This reflects the hard work and commitment of childcare professionals working across the sector to help give children the best start in life.
"With the childcare funding review now well underway, these results reaffirm the need to ensure that childcare professionals have the support they need to deliver care of the highest possible quality to children. The results also demonstrate the important of the EYFS Profile as a vital tool to assess children’s physical, social and emotional development as well as educational attainment. PACEY continues to support the campaign Better without Baseline which is calling for baseline assessments to be scrapped and retention of the EYFS Profile.”