The revised Early Years Foundation Stage will become statutory in September 2021.
Schools were invited to sign up to adopt the EYFS reforms in 2020/2021, a year ahead of the rollout. Those which chose to do so are referred to as ‘early adopters’.
Early adopters use the new framework to assess the new ELGs and use the new Development Matters, which fits with the new framework.
If you’re a non-early adopter school, nursery, or childminder, you may find some parts of the updated Development Matters useful, but you’ll still need to follow the existing EYFS framework this year.