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Early Years Foundation Stage guidance

On this page you'll find all the guidance and templates Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service produce to help you deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The best way to keep up to date with changes is by subscribing to our Childcare professionals update. You can also contact your early years sector improvement advisor or home-based childcare advisor for advice and guidance. If you're not sure who this is, call Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service on 01372 833833 or email eycs.admin@surreycc.gov.uk.

How to complete the early years review at age two - guidance document

This guidance document explains how to complete the early years review at age two and what you need to do with it next to make sure the information sharing process works.

Download the guidance document (PDF)

Early years review at age two summary document template

This is the template we would like all childcare providers to use when they are completing the early years review at age two.

Download the progress check summary document template (DOC)

Sample letter for parents about the early years review at age two

We have written a letter about the integrated review at age two that you can email or post to your parents. This letter explains what the integrated review at age two is and why the reviews that childcare providers and health complete are both important. This is just a sample, you can change the wording and add your setting's logo to the document if you want to.

Download the sample letter (DOC)

We also have a poster you can put up in your setting promoting the health and development review to parents. This is the part of the integrated review that health complete.

Download the poster (PDF)

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Templates for planning, observing and documenting individual children's learning

We have developed three templates to help you plan, observe and document the learning and development of individual children in your care.

We have also produced a guidance document (PDF) that explains how to use each template and includes examples.

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Templates for planning, observing and documenting your environment, adult deployment and cohort needs

We've developed these templates to help you plan, observe and document your environment, adult deployment and cohort needs.

There's also a guidance document (PDF) that explains how to use each template and includes examples. These templates are designed to work with the templates for individual children's learning (above).

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Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements Audit Tool

The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, Section 3 of the EYFS, states that: "Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well. The requirements in this section explain what early years providers must do to: safeguard children; ensure the suitability of adults who have contact with children; promote good health; manage behaviour; and maintain records, policies and procedures."

To see how you are meeting these statutory requirements, we have developed an audit tool document that you can use as an ongoing self-assessment tool and as part of your annual review. The audit sets out each of the "musts" from section 3 of the EYFS, with electronic hyperlinks to policy guidance and other useful information to help you to make sure your setting is meeting all the legal requirements.

There is a section for you to record your notes and a summary sheet to collect your actions for each of the separate headings in the document.

Download the audit tool (DOC) along with an improvement and development plan (DOC) and a summary sheet (DOC).

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