The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) statistics for 2018/19 will be released on 17 October, according to the Department for Education (DfE).
The Government had been reviewing whether to move to a single EYFSP release in November 2019. However, after considering the feedback, it will continue to release the main figures in mid-October.
Timing was key in the DfE’s decision to continue with an October release, as it is important for local authorities to benchmark and target interventions early in the academic year.
The Government publication covers the percentage of children achieving each assessment rating in the early learning goals (ELGs), the percentage of children achieving the expected level in the prime areas of learning and in the specific areas of literacy and mathematics, and the average total points score across all the ELGs. It also looks at the percentage of children achieving at least the expected level within the communication and language, and literacy areas of learning.
The DfE is also considering a suggestion from the initial proposal, which is to close the EYFSP data collection on the last working day of July, rather than the first week in September, as it already receives and authorises around 85 per cent of returns by the end of July.
Making this change to the data collection closure date will enable the Government to publish headline figures and the characteristics breakdowns as a single release in the dissemination platform in October 2020.
The DfE is collecting any comments or concerns about this change until 9 October and will communicate its decision by mid-December.
Concerns about changes to the EYFS
A number of early years organisations have expressed their concerns about making changes to the EYFS.
An academic review commissioned by a coalition of 12 early years sector organisations, including Early Years Alliance and Montessori Si Nicholas, found that there is no ‘substantiated case’ for the framework to be significantly changed.
The report argues that some of the Government’s current plans, such as ceasing to assess children at the end of Reception on shape, space and measure and technology are not supported by the evidence, which identifies these areas as crucial for children’s future success.
Beatrice Merrick, chief executive of Early Education, said: ‘The EYFS is a world class framework that puts the child at the centre of play-based learning. It’s not perfect - but any changes need to be sensitive to what it gets right.’