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Early Learning Goals

At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, each child will be assessed against 17 key areas called the Early Learning Goals. For each early learning goal (ELG), teachers must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the reception year (‘expected’) or not yet reaching this level (‘emerging’).

Below is a table outlining the expectations at the end of the reception year. A child at the ‘expected’ level will: