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Download Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Early Education has launched Development Matters, free downloadable non-statutory guidance to support practitioners in implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012.

All those working to support the early learning of young children can use Development Matters as part of daily observation, assessment and planning.  It can also be used at points during the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues across agencies, in relation to whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.

The age/stage bands are the same as they were in previous EYFS Practice Guidance. They overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When using Development Matters it is however important to remember that babies, toddlers and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways.  The development statements and their order are not necessary steps for every child and should not be used as checklists.

To download your copy

Development Matters is available as a free download: to download your copy, please create a free user account on our website or login in to your account.

If you then visit the Development Matters page, you will have the option to download your copy.

Celebrating Children’s Learning

A set of assessment materials has been developed by nursery schools across London to help practitioners to assess children’s learning and exemplify the progress they make, using the Development Matters guidance. They were particularly selected to show the Characteristics of Effective Learning in action. Every aspect of the seven prime and specific areas of learning is illustrated by real observations of young children’s learning in action, using a wide range of different styles and formats.  Find out more