This is a non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors, to help inform understanding of child development through the early years.

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires early years practitioners to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents between the ages of 24 and 36 months and again at the end of reception via the EYFS profile.

This document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.

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