Revised version of EYFS 2012 – To be implemented from September 2014   Leave a comment

Of course we have been expecting this revised version of the EYFS 2012 – if for no other reason than the implementation of childminder agencies from September 2014 – however the revised version also reflects the changes as a result of the consultation on the regulation of childcare


If you have not seen the revised version yet CLICK HERE

I must stress that this revised version does not come into force until September 2014


One of the things I have noticed is that the number of the points is not consistent  across the Sept 12 version and the Sept 14 version – therefore if settings have any documents that are reference by the numbering from EYFS 12 – they will need to update their documents.

Another thing that I noticed was that on page 4 it says

Expiry or review date
This statutory framework remains in force until further notice.


Which I take to mean – there will be further changes – and maybe even before Sept 2016, when we expect a full review / change of the statutory requirements


So let’s start at the beginning – I am going to try to highlight the changes – but must make it clear – I am just one person – and doing this in my spare time and so I may miss things.



Section 1 – The Learning and Development Requirements

Page 7 of revised version (pg 4 of current version)

The bit about Wrap around and holiday providers has been removed – we expected this as was part of the Regulation of Childcare – consultation response document.

It is from this point in the revised version that the numbering for section 1 is not in line with the numbering from the current version.

Page 10 of revised version 1.11 ( pg 7 1.12 of current version)

The sentence that starts Providers should regularly consider ….. has been moved to 3.20 on page 20 and been reworded – more about that later

Unless I have missed something – that is all I could spot in Section 1

Section 2 – Assessment

Progress check at two – the bit from current version on pg 11  at start of 2.5, has moved to the end of 2.4 on page 13 in revised version

2.5 of  revised version on page 14 is worded quite differently to the version in 2.5 in current version on page 11

This is the wording from 2.5  (page 13 – 14) in revised version – with changes to wording highlighted in blue;

2.5. Practitioners should encourage parents and/or carers to share information from the progress check with other relevant professionals, including their health visitor and 14 the staff of any new provision the child may transfer to. Practitioners must agree with parents and/or carers when will be the most useful point to provide a summary. Where possible, the progress check and the Healthy Child Programme health and development review at age two (when health visitors gather information on a child’s health and development, allowing them to identify any developmental delay and any
particular support from which they think the child/family might benefit) should inform each other and support integrated working. This will allow health and education professionals to identify strengths as well as any developmental delay and provide support from which they think the child/family might benefit. Providers must have the consent of parents and/or carers to share information directly with other relevant professionals

As far as I know – those are all the changes in Section 2. However, I understand that further changes to the bit about the profile will change when baseline testing on entry to reception comes in. So watch this space.

Section 3 – The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Revised version page 17  – 3.7

Just added a date

3.7. Providers must have regard to the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013


Revised version page 17 – 3.8

Added a bit about agencies

3.8. Registered providers must inform Ofsted or their childminder agency of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed
on the premises or elsewhere). Registered providers must also notify Ofsted or their childminder agency of the action taken in respect of the allegations. These notifications must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence.

Revised version page 18 – 3.100

Another bit which now includes childminder agencies

3.10. Ofsted or the agency with which the childminder is registered is responsible for checking the suitability of childminders and of persons living or working on a childminder’s premises, including obtaining enhanced criminal records checks and barred list checks

Also on page 18 of the revised version 3.12

3.12. Providers other than childminders must record information about staff qualifications and the identity checks and vetting processes that have been completed (including the criminal records disclosure reference number, the date a disclosure was obtained and details of who obtained it). For childminders the relevant information will be kept by Ofsted or the agency with which the childminder is registered.

Again on page 18 of the revised version 3.13 – there is quite a bit added

3.13. Providers must also meet their responsibilities under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which includes a duty to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service where a member of staff is dismissed (or would have been, had the person not left the setting first) because they have harmed a child or put a child at risk of harm
Section on Disqualification –  lots of changes – so easier just to take the revised version as it is, or will get complicated Revised version page 19

Disqualification (all registered providers and employees in registered settings)
3.14. A registered provider or a childcare worker may be disqualified from registration
In the event of the disqualification of a registered provider, the provider must not continue as an early years provider – nor be directly concerned in the management of such provision. Where a person is disqualified, the provider must not employ that person in connection with early years provision. Where an employer becomes aware of relevant information that may lead to disqualification of an employee, the provider must take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children.
3.15. A registered provider or a childcare worker may also be disqualified because they live in the same household as another person who is disqualified, or because they live in the same household where a disqualified person is employed.
3.16. A provider must notify Ofsted or the agency with which the childminder is registered of any significant event which is likely to affect the suitability of any person who is in regular contact with children on the premises where childcare is provided. The disqualification of an employee could be an instance of a significant event. If a registered person or childcare worker is disqualified they may, in some circumstances, be able to obtain a ‘waiver’ from Ofsted.
3.17. The provider must give Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered, the following information about themselves or about any person who lives in the same household as the registered provider or who is employed in the
 details of any order, determination, conviction, or other ground for disqualification from registration under regulations made under section 75 of the Childcare Act 2006;
 the date of the order, determination or conviction, or the date when the other  ground for disqualification arose;
 the body or court which made the order, determination or conviction, and the sentence (if any) imposed; and
 a certified copy of the relevant order (in relation to an order or conviction).
3.18. The information must be provided to Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered as soon as reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the date the provider became aware of the information or ought reasonably to have become aware of it if they had made reasonable enquiries

Staff Qualifications, training, support and skills

As mentioned previously 3.20 has an added bit from the current 1.12

Please note it now says must rather than ‘regularly consider’

3.20. The daily experience of children in early years settings and the overall quality of provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Providers must ensure that all staff receive induction training to help them understand their roles and responsibilities. Induction training must include information about emergency evacuation procedures, safeguarding, child protection, the provider’s equality policy, and health and safety issues. Providers must support staff to undertake appropriate training and professional development opportunities to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for
children that continually improves

On page 21 of revised version 3.24 (is 3.23 in current version) Have taken out the bit ‘local authority approved’ and added a bit about agencies

Page 20 of the revised version – the focus and requirement for staff supervision appears to have change – as the requirement for ‘regualar’   staff recruitment drives show

3.24. Childminders must have completed training which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before they can register with Ofsted or a childminder agency. Childminders are accountable for the quality of the work of any assistants, and must be satisfied that assistants are competent in the areas of work they undertake.

Please note there is NO reference as to what the training should contain but maybe there will be a separate guidance document later.

Same with First Aid training 3.25 on first page – took out bit about ‘local authority approved’

3.25. At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate. Paediatric first aid training must be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.

The note at bottom of page 21 says a lot as says;

Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every three years.

Worrying that only says ‘preferably’ in the bit in brackets. Open to people taking advantage re number of hours and content

Staff :child ratio’s

Revised version page 21 2.29 (is 3.28 in current version) Added bit about apprentices

3.29. Only those aged 17 or over may be included in ratios (and staff under 17 should be supervised at all times). Students on long term placements and volunteers (aged 17 or over) and staff working as apprentices in early education (aged 16 or over) may be included in the ratios if the provider is satisfied that they are competent and responsible.


They have made it easier to understand which ratio requirements apply to childminders

The main change in this section is in 3.40 on page 24 of the revised version – this applies to Before and after school care and holiday provision. Easier to take the whole thing as new, rather than try to highlight the changes

3.40. Where the provision is solely before/after school care or holiday provision for children who normally attend Reception class (or older) during the school day, there must be sufficient staff as for a class of 30 children. It is for providers to determine how many staff are needed to ensure the safety and welfare of children, bearing in mind the type(s) of activity and the age and needs of the children. It is also for providers to determine what qualifications, if any, the manager and/or staff should have. Providers do not need to meet the learning and development requirements in Section 1. However, practitioners should discuss with parents and/or carers (and other practitioners/providers as appropriate, including school staff/teachers) the  support they intend to offer.

Childminder Ratio’s

In the revised version 3.41, 3.42 and 3.43  refers to childminder ratios – and is worded just as it is in the current version – no changes at all.

At the moment this guidance document CLICK HERE  from Dec 2012  still covers exceptions. HOWEVER please note a new guidance document may be published nearer to Sept 2014




Revised version page 26 – Food and Drink

Just added bit about agencies

3.49. Registered providers must notify Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered of any food poisoning affecting two or more children cared for on the premises. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but in any event within 14 days of the incident. A registered provider, who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence.


Accident and injury

3.51 – added about agencies

3.51. Registered providers must notify Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered of any serious accident, illness or injury to, or death of, any child while in their care, and of the action taken. Notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring. A registered provider, who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence. Providers must notify local child protection agencies of any serious accident or injury to, or the death of, any child while in their care, and must act on any advice from those agencies.

Managing behaviour – revised version page 26

Current version page 23,  3.50 requirement for a policy has been removed in revised version

There is nothing about the need for a behaviour policy in the revised version

Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment


New version page 27,  3.54 (3.53 in current version) Change to wording – some words taken out, including the need for a policy – some words added

3.54. Providers must ensure that their premises, including overall floor space and outdoor spaces, are fit for purpose and suitable for the age of children cared for and the activities provided on the premises. Providers must comply with requirements of  health and safety legislation (including fire safety and hygiene requirements).


New version page age 27 ,  3.56  – Removed the need for a policy

3.56. Providers must not allow smoking in or on the premises when children are present or about to be present.


More changes to wording

New version page 28 3.58 Mentions Equality Act 2010

3.58. Providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis (unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example unsafe weather conditions). Providers must follow their legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 (for example, the provisions on reasonable adjustments).

Page 28, 3.59 new version  It appears that children no longer need to sleep or relax or play quitely as the following words have been taken  out

‘ Provision must be made (space or partitioned area for children who wish to relax. play quietly or play quitely)

Risk Assessments

Revised version page 28, 3.64 Again need for policy removed and changes to wording

3.64. Providers must ensure that they take all reasonable steps to ensure staff andc hildren in their care are not exposed to risks and must be able to demonstrate how they are managing risks Providers must determine where it is helpful to make some written risk assessments in relation to specific issues, to inform staff practice,and to demonstrate how they are managing risks if asked by parents and/or carers or inspectors. Risk assessments should identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis, when and by whom those aspects will be checked, and how the risk will be removed or minimised.


Special Educational Needs

The bit on Equal Opportunities has gone – so no policy needed – however a new bit added on Special Educational Needs, as follows on page 29 of the revised version

3.67. Providers must have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. Maintained nursery schools and other providers who are funded by the local authority to deliver early education places must have regard to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice
. Maintained nursery schools must identify a member of staff to act as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and other providers (in group provision) are expected to identify a SENCO

Which of course used to be part of the Equal Opportunities bit in the current version. Personally – I would have thought this was an area that needed a clear policy – to help avoid discrimination. I also feel that my removing the need for an equality policy that settings will find it difficult to face up to those that challenge the settings ethos and practice


Information and records

Added bit about agencies to 3.68 – page 29 revised version  (3.67 current version)

3.68. Providers must maintain records and obtain and share information (with parents and carers, other professionals working with the child, the police, social services and Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered, as appropriate) to ensure the safe and efficient management of the setting, and to help ensure the needs of all children are met. Providers must enable a regular two-way flow of  information with parents and/or carers, and between providers, if a child is attending more than one setting. If requested, providers should incorporate parents’ and/or carers’ comments into children’s records

same with 3.69 revised version – added childminder agency bit

3.69. Records must be easily accessible and available (with prior agreement from Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered, these may be kept securely off the premises). Confidential information and records about staff and children must be held securely and only accessible and available to those who have a right or professional need to see them. Providers must be aware of their responsibilities under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and where relevant the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Revised version 3.75 on page 31 – added bits about the agencies

3.74. Providers must put in place a written procedure for dealing with concerns and complaints from parents and/or carers, and must keep a written record of any complaints, and their outcome. Childminders are not required to have a written procedure for handling complaints, but they must keep a record of any complaints they receive and their outcome. All providers must investigate written complaints relating to their fulfillment of the EYFS requirements and notify complainants of the outcome of the investigation within 28 days of having received the complaint. The record of complaints must be made available to Ofsted or the relevant childminder agency on request.

3.75. Providers must make available to parents and/or carers details about how to contact Ofsted or the childminder agency with which the provider is registered as appropriate, if they believe the provider is not meeting the EYFS requirements. If providers become aware that they are to be inspected by Ofsted or have a quality assurance visit by the childminder agency, they must notify parents and/or carers. After an inspection by Ofsted or a quality assurance visit by their childminder agency, providers must supply a copy of the report to parents and/or carers of children attending on a regular basis.

Changes that must be notified to Ofsted or the relevant childminder agency

More changes to wording re adding childminder agency

3.77. All registered early years providers must notify Ofsted or the childminder agency with which they are registered of: ………

3.78. Where providers are required to notify Ofsted or their childminder agency about a change of person except for managers, as specified in paragraph 3.76 above, providers must give Ofsted or their childminder agency the new person’s name, any former names or aliases, date of birth, and home address. If there is a change of manager, providers must notify Ofsted or their childminder agency that a new manager has been appointed. Where it is reasonably practicable to do so, notification must be made in advance. In other cases, notification must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but always within 14 days. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with these requirements commits an offence.






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: