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Development Matters

The Department for Education (DfE) has now published Development Mattershttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/914443/Development_Matters_-_Non-statutory_curriculum_guidance_for_the_early_years_foundation_stage__1_.pdf This is a new non-statutory curriculum guidance which supports the delivery of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. Statutory Framework.


The new Development Matters has been developed by Dr Julian Grenier, in consultation with a range of professionals across the early years sector. It offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn, and guides, but does not replace, professional judgement.

The guidance sets out pathways of children’s development in broad ages and stages but recognises the actual learning of young children is not so neat and orderly. The document encourages early years practitioners to use their knowledge to facilitate holistic learning and development and help children make progress without generating unnecessary paperwork. 

This is in line with the main aims of the reforms to the EYFS - to improve outcomes for all children, especially disadvantaged children, and to reduce teacher and practitioner workload.

Who is the guidance for? The guidance has been written for all early year's practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, pre-schools, nurseries, and reception classes in school. To support your understanding further please look at the Big Ofsted conversation podcast with Dr Julian Grenier.

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