Skip to main content

School readiness

Early years in schools

As a local authority, we must meet many statutory duties passed in law by the government. The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework. It supports children's learning and development from birth to the end of reception year.

The EYFS is statutory for:

  • an early years and childcare provider on Ofsted's Early Years Register
  • a provider registered with a childminder agency
  • a maintained school
  • a non-maintained school
  • an academy
  • an independent school

We offer support across the county to help you to meet the EYFS and includes:

  • information
  • advice
  • guidance
  • training

See Essex Schools Infolink for more on early years in schools. EYFS profile and moderation documents are there too.


Did you know your school can take our face-to-face and eLearning early years and childcare courses? Visit our training and qualifications section to find out more.


Your school and wraparound or out of school club with early years provision can get funding. Find out more in our funding section.

Relevant resources

These links open in new windows apart from the external link: