Early years foundation stage profile: handbook 2014

This handbook has been developed to support practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child's attainment.

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Early years foundation stage profile: handbook 2014


2015 Handbook

This handbook will be updated in September 2014 for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.


The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning, and the 3 learning characteristics.

A completed profile consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child assessed in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors, together with a short narrative describing the child’s three learning characteristics.

This handbook provides exemplification to enable effective moderation of judgements so that EYFS profile outcomes are accurate and consistent across all settings.

It should be used alongside the EYFS assessment and reporting arrangements document and the exemplification materials.

The early years foundation stage framework is also available.

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Published 3 October 2013
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  1. Note added about 2015 Handbook

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