9 September 2020


EYFS - update to COVID-19 disapplications

The Department for Education updated the statutory guidance Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications on 4 September 2020. Most of the COVID-19 disapplications will come to an end on 25 September, though some remain in place until 25 November. Please see table below for a summary of the changes (for further detail, please refer directly to the guidance):


EYFS requirement

Update to disapplication guidance on 4 September 2020

Learning & Development and Assessment


Usual requirements apply in full from 26 September 2020

UNLESS COVID restrictions are put in place that prevent providers from meeting requirements in which case use reasonable endeavours to meet the requirements.

Progress check at age 2


Usual requirements apply in full from 26 September 2020 subject to COVID restrictions as above.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

(2.6 – 2.10)

Usual requirements apply in full for the 2020-21 academic year even if COVID restrictions are put in place.

Safeguarding and welfare requirements

(3) - ratios & paediatric first aid (PFA) requirements

Usual requirements apply in full from 26 November (providers should work towards this during transitional period from 26 September 2020).


UNLESS government restrictions apply in which case use reasonable endeavours to meet the staff qualification requirements and best endeavours to meet the PFA requirements.


NB the validity of PFA certificates that expired on or after 16 March 2020 can be extended to 25 November 2020