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Contacting the Early Years Service
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EYFS Profile and Moderation Arrangements

Local Authorities have the responsibility for ensuring that Early Years Foundation Stage assessments have been carried out in accordance with current regulations.

The EYFSP 2019 handbook

Published November 2018, from: Standards & Testing Agency

 The ARA 2019 handbook

Published on 16th October 2017, from: Standards & Testing Agency

The Exceeding Expected document

The Exceeding Expected document has been updated for 2016 with some further clarifications.  Please see download section. 

Profile materials

All of the Profile materials can be found on the Foundation Years website: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

The Good Level of Development (GLD) measure

The Government has set out how the new Good Level of Development (GLD) measure will be defined.

Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:

  • The early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and
  • The early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.

The GLD measure is supported by a measure of the average of the cohort's total point score across all the early learning goals in order to also help to promote the attainment of all children across all the early learning goals. Further information can be found on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) webpage.

The levels attained by children at the end of the EYFS are allocated a number as follows: Emerging = 1, Expected = 2 and Exceeding = 3.

For each of the 17 Early Learning Goals a child is recorded as have achieved a 1, 2 or 3. Consequently it is possible to give children an overall 'score'.

Once data has been submitted to the DfE the average score of the whole national cohort will give the secondary measure of a 'Good Level of Development' that is referred to.  It is therefore possible to compare your schools cohort average with the national cohort average, and also presumably a child's average score compared to your cohorts average and the national average.

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