Development Matters

Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage.

Applies to England


Development Matters


Development Matters offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn for all early years practitioners, including:

  • childminders
  • staff in nurseries
  • nursery schools
  • school nursery and reception classes in school

The guidance can help meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.

Published 3 March 2017
Last updated 4 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated references to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) to reflect that an updated version of the early years foundation stage framework has been published.

  2. Updated pages 50 and 54 of the guidance to re-insert text from the previously published version.

  3. An updated version of Development Matters.

  4. First published.