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Early years practitioners will receive guidance on implementing the revised EYFS, children's minister Sarah Teather has confirmed.
The early learning goals for literacy and mathematics in the EYFS have been amended, in light of the response from the early years sector to the revised framework.
Early years settings are responding to the Government's focus on 'school readiness' by building better links with schools and putting more emphasis on helping children to develop their independence skills.
Dame Clare Tickell is urging practitioners to focus on the importance of reflective practice and the role of supervision in the run-up to the introduction of the revised EYFS.
Parents will be able to give their comments on their child's school whenever they like, on a new website called Parent View.
The early years sector has been responding to the Early Years Foundation Stage consultation which ended on 30 September.
Early years provision managed by schools that are graded outstanding may no longer be subject to routine inspections under Ofsted's new inspection framework for schools, which takes effect in January 2012.
The DfE has confirmed that all six-year-olds will take a phonics reading test next June.
The north of England is set to get its first outdoor nursery, where the children will play in the woods all day, every day, whatever the weather.
Early years settings that employ an Early Years Professional make 'significant improvements' in the quality of learning for children from two-and-a-half to five, a four-year study has concluded.
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