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



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.