Early Years Outcomes

November 10th, 2013

Early Years Outcomes – The New Development Matters?

The November ’13 Ofsted newsletter confirmed what many have been wondering, that the DfE ‘Early Years Outcomes’ has, from 4th November, replaced the existing ‘Development Matters for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ non-statutory guidance.

Before any panic sets in I need to say that there doesn’t seem to be a great difference; there is no mention of the characteristics of effective learning (but it is within the EYFS document), and the tables are slimmed down to show just the ‘Unique Child’ column, this time titled ‘Typical Behaviour’. I will take a good look through to see if the bullet points differ significantly.

The main thing may just be the pain of changing paperwork references to the ‘Early Years Outcomes’ document rather than the ‘Development Matters’ one. We will try to make this easy for you by updating our documents over the next few weeks. If you are inspected in the meantime, make sure you are aware of the Early Years Outcomes document and refer to it in conversation.

Thanks for reading,


Thanks for reading,


Source used in the document:

November ’13 Ofsted Newsletter

Early Years Outcomes – DfE 


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