Birth to 5 Matters

Birth to 5 Matters is new non-statutory guidance being developed by the sector for the sector, in response to the government’s reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England. This work is being led by a coalition of early years sector bodies.

It is the coalition’s intention that Birth to 5 Matters will take the best of previous guidance and update and extend it in line with what practitioners tell us they want and need.

The guidance will be available on this website for free from the end of March 2021.

The Early Years Coalition

The Early Years Coalition is a group of sector bodies which came together in 2018 when the government announced its intention to review the Early Learning Goals. This became a wider reform of the EYFS Statutory Framework and non-statutory guidance.  Concerns about the process and objectives led all the main bodies representing the early years sector to come together to offer support and advice to ministers and officials, and act as a voice for the sector. 

Prior to producing the Birth to Five Matters guidance, the coalition:

Our funders

Birth to 5 Matters is funded by:


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