This publication focuses on the early learning goals identified in the statutory EYFS framework 2021. The early learning goals have been changed to make them clearer and more specific, focussing on the main factors that support child development at age 5. The early learning goals should not be used as a curriculum, or in any way limit the wide variety of rich experiences that are crucial for child development.
There are still seven areas of learning and development in the new framework, which aim to shape educational programmes in early years settings. This publication looks at each of the seven areas – prime and specific – and considers progress through nursery, reception and beyond. Progress beyond reception shows the link between the early learning goal and the end of Year 1 expectation, so that reception staff can help prepare children for the transition into Year 1.