Statutory guidance

2021 early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

Statutory guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

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Applies to England



In 2021, the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile is not mandatory. Practitioners should use their best endeavours to complete it and provide the information to year 1 teachers and parents, if this is possible. Schools that complete the EYFS profile will not be subject to statutory external moderation.

There is no requirement to submit data to the local authority or to confirm whether you have completed it to the Department for Education.

This guidance is for schools, nurseries, childminders, local authorities and governing bodies responsible for assessing the EYFS profile for children aged 5 and under.

Published 3 December 2020