EYFS 2021

From September 2021, all early years providers in England must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework. You can purchase printed copies of the new EYFS 21 and Development Matters in the PACEY shop.

The key aims of the reforms are to:

  • improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children; and
  • reduce workload, such as unnecessary paperwork, so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with the children in their care. 


What to expect in the EYFS

DfE has published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre – ‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formerly ‘What to expect when’) which guides parents through what to expect in their child’s development. It aligns with the new Development Matters to help practitioners engage with parents about their child’s development.

A Celebratory Approach to Working with Children with SEND

DfE has published a new guide produced by Pen Green Children’s Centre – ‘A Celebratory Approach to Working with Children with SEND – Giving additional support in the Early Years’ (formerly ‘A Celebratory Approach to SEND assessment in the Early Years’) to help practitioners who may be supporting children who require additional help or children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.   

PACEY members get more

PACEY understands that change can feel challenging, even to experienced practitioners so we are here, by your side to help you power your practice and navigate the changes confidently.

PACEY members have exclusive access to EYFS 21 resources and support for free in the Resource Hub, including:

Our comprehensive EYFS 21 at a Glance resource which will help you what has changes in EYFS 21 and provide all you need to feel confident in what you are delivering in your setting.

Exclusive access to our EYFS 21 masterclass webinar with early years and childcare experts, covering everything you need to know about the EYFS 21 changes and how this may impact you and your setting. 

Our policy templates and practice guides that have all been updated for the EYFS 21 as well as a range of helpful factsheets. 

Find all of this and more in our Resource Hub

Our online learning platform CEY smart offers members access to digital CPD covering different topics that support you to power your practice.

We have a range of other new courses covering different topics that support you to power your practice delivering the EYFS. These are all available now and include:

  • An introduction to mathematical development in the early years
  • Strategies to support and promote mathematical development 
  • Understanding and recognising speech language and communication needs (SLCN) in the early years 
  • Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 
  • Parental conflict; knowing how to support and when to intervene
  • Coming soon: Focus On... Executive Function

We also have a brand new series of bite-sized courses, developed especially for PACEY in association with Dr Julian Grenier (lead practitioner in the creation of Development Matters 2020 non-statutory guidance). They will ensure you and your team get to grips with all the key changes in EYFS 21. The new courses developed in association with Dr Julian Grenier exclusive to PACEY members are:           

  • The best for every child
  • High quality care
  • The curriculum – what we want children to learn 
  • Pedagogy – helping children to learn 
  • Assessment – checking what children have learnt
  • Self-regulation and executive function 
  • Partnership with parents 

PACEY members can find out more about the courses developed with Dr Julian Grenier exploring the seven key features of effective practice in the revised Development Matters in MyPACEY.

Delivering the EYFS online training course. Revised and updated for 2021

Bright, interactive and colourful, the course will bring you right up to date with the requirements of the current Framework, but will also provide you with some suggestions, hints, and tips you can use in your setting to further support the children in your care and their families.

The course is in two parts and after completing a short knowledge check, you’ll be able to download and print your own personalised certificate.

These are the learning outcomes:

  • Explore the safeguarding and welfare requirements
  • Explore the characteristics of effective learning and how they support children’s development
  • Demonstrate how activities support the prime and specific areas of learning
  • Define the assessment requirements
  • Demonstrate the importance of reflective practice

Available now to purchase in the PACEY shop.

Not a member of PACEY?

PACEY's always here for you. Our membership helps you power your practice; protects and reassures you, and helps you build and strengthen your early years and childcare community. Join PACEY for everything you need to deliver high quality childcare and early education to the children and families you look after from as little as 40p a day, including insurance.

Trial CEY smart

If you are not a PACEY member yet, you can try a number of courses on CEY smart completely free of charge. Discover the following courses as a non-member, then many more when you join PACEY.

  • An introduction to mathematical development in the early years
  • Inspection and you – Education Inspection Framework Jargon busting
  • An introduction to Speech Language and Communication in the Early Years

Create an account and trial CEY smart here.

Department for Education online service


To support the implementation of the revised EYFS, the Department for Education has developed a new online service for private, voluntary and independent early years settings and childminders. This service provides resources, advice and support to help practitioners to understand the requirements for each area of learning and development and what these requirements mean in practice. The new service is now live on gov.uk and can be accessed here.