Development Matters 2020

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Development Matters is the non-statutory guidance for the early years foundation stage, written for all early years practitioners, including childminders and staff in nurseries. It offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn and can also help you to meet the requirements of the EYFS. It is not designed to replace professional judgement, but instead to guide you. 

On 20th July 2021, the DfE announced some minor changes to this version including updated links and minor tweaks to wording for clarification purposes, but emphasised that changes to content are minor and providers will not need to alter any planning based on the September 2020 version. Our Information, Advice and Guidance team has pulled together a document that details all changes made to the subsequent 2021 Development Matters in an easy to follow format. This will appear as a free download with every purchase.

This document has been printed and bound for convenience but is also available free of charge to download. PACEY also offers a money-saving bundle of both the EYFS and Development Matters here

Please note the DfE has emphasised that the 2020 version can continue to be used, regardless, of any subsequent updates.

The revisions made reflect feedback received from Early Adopter schools that have adopted the reforms to the EYFS over the 2020/21 academic year. There have been some updates to the Introduction and Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning sections to ensure the wording is aligned with the aims of the reforms and reflects the most recent research and evidence. The document has also been adapted slightly to make it more accessible, inclusive, and easier to navigate which includes a new design, layout and colour coding.

No major changes have been made to the curriculum guidance under the seven areas of learning and therefore this update should not impact planning based on the early adopter version of Development Matters.

If you wish to download the free of charge new Development Matters you can do so here


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The Development Matters Changes Document is a downloadable product.

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There will also be a link you can follow on your order confirmation email. You will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat to download this file. 

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