Statutory guidance

Early years foundation stage framework: until 31 August 2014

This publication was withdrawn on 1 September 2014

This has been replaced by the early years foundation stage framework that came into force on 1 September 2014.

Statutory framework on the early years foundation stage (EYFS) to be used until 31 August 2014.



This statutory framework is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • childcare providers
  • childminders

It relates to:

  • maintained schools
  • non-maintained schools
  • independent schools
  • academies and free schools
  • nurseries
  • private nursery schools
  • pre-schools/playgroups
  • childminding

The framework:

  • sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well
  • ensures children are kept healthy and safe
  • ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school

This framework will be replaced on 1 September by a revised version ‘Early years foundation stage framework’ published 31 March 2014.