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What is a Good Level of Development?

What is a Good Level of Development in EYFS?


GLD stands for 'Good Level of Development'. This refers to a summative assessment judgement which is made for each EYFS child at the end of the Reception year. It is a measure of attainment, not progress. Achieving a good level of development will help a child to make a good start in Year 1.

How is GLD (Good Level of Development in Children) Defined?


Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the 'expected' level within:


  • Prime Area: Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Prime Area: Physical Development (PD)
  • Prime Area: Communication and Language (CL)
  • Specific Area: Literacy (L)
  • Specific Area: Mathematics (M)


There are two further Specific Areas of Learning:

  • Expressive Arts & Design (EAD)
  • Understanding the World (UtW)


These two further areas are evaluated in the EYFS Profile but are not required to achieve a GLD.

Updated Early Learning Goals 2021

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