EYFS Profile and Moderation

The government have advised that there will be no external moderation of the EYFS profile for 2021 and schools are not required to submit EYFS profile data to the local authority. The Department for Education (DFE) is instead asking schools to "make their best endeavours" to complete the assessment and provide the information to year 1 teachers and parents, if this is possible.

Schools that complete the EYFS profile will not be subject to statutory external moderation. There is no requirement to submit data to the local authority or to confirm whether you have completed it to the Department for Education. More information.

Local authorities and early years education providers and education professionals with responsibility for assessing, reporting or moderating the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile should use the EYFSP handbook.

The handbook gives guidance to help professionals complete and moderate EYFS profile judgements, so outcomes are accurate and consistent across all early years settings.

All of the necessary documents needed to complete and moderate EYFS profile judgements can be downloaded on the links below: 

What EYFS Profile is used for? 

  1. Inform parents about their child's development against Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and the Characteristics of their Learning.
  2. Support a smooth transition to Key Stage 1 by informing the professional dialogue between EYFS and KS1 teachers.
  3. Help Year 1 teachers plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will meet the needs of all children.

LBWF will make sure assessments made by early years providers are accurate and consistent, by moderation of the EYFS Profile in schools, academies and PVI settings, who have eligible children in their settings.

Submission of data

The government have advised that there will be no external moderation of the EYFS profile for 2021 and schools are not required to submit EYFS profile data to the local authority. Please follow the link for further details Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

LBWF will ensure all schools and settings have an electronic system to submit EYFS Profile data.

The local authority is required to collect and report the results for all funded children at the end of the EYFS in all state-funded schools; and private, voluntary and independent settings (PVIs).

Results for children in PVIs are only required where the child is receiving early years education that is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). The children still eligible for funding in PVIs will be born between 1 April 2016 and 31 August 2016. The statutory collection does not require EYFSP results to be submitted for unfunded children.

EYFS Profile data should be submitted to the local authority's Education Performance and Information Team by date TBC. 


Headteachers and Managers Responsibilities

Headteachers and Managers must:

  • Ensure their school or setting complies with the learning and development requirements of the EYFS. This includes completing the EYFS Profile and engaging in internal moderation activities, as well as engaging with other schools to ensure accuracy of judgements made by teachers.
  • Ensure an EYFS Profile is completed for all eligible children and that data is quality assured.
  • Ensure appropriate provision is available to meet the needs of children with SEND.
  • Take responsibility for the reliability of their EYFS Profile outcomes and ensure that the data accurately reflects the level of attainment of the current cohort of pupils.
  • Ensure teacher judgements are monitored.
  • Ensure EYFS Profile data is quality assured (see section 9.3 of the EYFSP Handbook) and returned to the local authority.
  • Provide EYFS Profile assessments to their school governing body to enable it to comply with national data submission requirements and report to parents.
  • Provide parents with a written report of the pupils progress against the EYFS ELGs and the opportunity to discuss the Profile and report to parents about their child's Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Guidance to Develop Accurate Judgements

When finalising judgements for the EYFSP, practitioners must draw upon evidence that is predominantly from activities initiated by the pupil, as well as behaviour that children demonstrate consistently, independently and in a range of situations.

    Evidence is collected as an ongoing process through:

    • the practitioner's knowledge of the child
    • the child's view of his or her own learning
    • information from a range of contributors, parents/carers and other significant adults
    • any material or representations from the child
    • a collection of anecdotal and significant moments
    • observations.

    In finalising judgements, practitioners must refer to the written Profile exemplification materials for all 17 areas of learning, and the descriptors for children who may be exceeding expected levels of attainment within the Profile Handbook.

    This will ensure judgements are reliable and valid and in line with national standards.

    Practitioners should judge whether the description in the ELG 'best fits' the child's learning and development, and refer to the Profile exemplification materials for the 'expected' level of attainment.

    Children are judged as either:

    1. emerging into the ELG.
    2. expected 'best fit' for the ELG
    3. exceeding the ELG.

    Waltham Forest EYFSP data headlines - 2019

    • Waltham Forest had the 12th highest Good Level of Development (77.2%) out of 151 local authorities in England and the 6th highest of the London boroughs

    • The Average Total Point Score was 35.4, an increase of 0.1 points from 2018 and 0.8 points above the national average which remained at 34.6. The London average (34.8) was exceeded by 0.6.

    • Waltham Forest had the 34th highest Average Total Score of all local authorities and the 9th highest of London Boroughs.

    • At GLD there was a gender gap of 9.2pp in Waltham Forest, below the national and London gaps (12.9pp and 12.3pp respectively).

    • Both girls and boys were above the national average (by 2.8pp and 6.5pp respectively). The London averages were also exceeded (by 0.8pp and 3.9pp respectively).

    • In 2019, 65% of pupils eligible for FSM’s achieved a Good Level of Development, compared with 78% who were not eligible for FSM resulting in an achievement gap of 13%. Nationally, 56% of pupils eligible for FSM’s achieved a Good Level of Development, compared with 75% who were not eligible for FSM resulting in an achievement gap of 19%. Waltham Forests achievement gap was 6pp less than the National average. The % of children on FSM who achieved a Good Level of Development was 9pp above the National average.

    Below you can download further guidance from the Early Years Teaching, Learning and Assessment team to assist practitioners when making judgments about children's attainment:

    EYFSP Moderation Conference and Training

    There is no EYFSP moderation conference this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we are holding a virtual EYFS Festival, which will include a workshop on ‘ creativity in the EYFS and will support practitioners in planning and assessing for children’s learning in expressive arts and design, which was a focus area for EYFS profile training for 2021.

      2021 EYFS festival - EYFS Expressive Arts & design workshops

      The virtual festival will take place on Thursday 27 May 2021. Please click link below to book your place.

      1. EYFS profile expressive arts and design workshop 27/05/2021 10:00- 11:00
      2. EYFS profile expressive arts and design workshop 27/05/2021 13:30- 14:30
      3. EYFS profile expressive arts and design workshop 27/05/2021 16:00- 17:00

      The following resources from previous conferences can be found by clicking on each one: 

      Download resources: 

      Get in touch

      For more information and questions get in touch with Early Years Training.

      Useful Documents

      EYFS Appeals Procedure 2021


      EYFS Handbook 2021


      Assessments and Reporting Arrangements


      EYFSP Moderation Local Agreement


      EYFSP Moderation Review and Plan 2020-21

      Last update: Monday 8th of March 2021 10:08:25 AM