This indicator was revised following indicator changes from the United Nations 2020 Comprehensive Review.

Pupils achieving at least expected level in early learning goals as specified by the United Kingdom early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP).


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Headline data

Source: Department for Education (DfE)

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Pupils achieving at least expected level in early learning goals as specified by the United Kingdom early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP).

Indicator description

The EYFSP is a teacher assessment of children’s development at the end of the early years foundation stage (the end of the academic year in which the child turns five years old – this is typically at the end of the Reception year).

Geographical coverage


Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Children are assessed in three prime areas of learning (communication and language, physical development and personal and social emotional development) and four specific areas of learning (expressive arts and design, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world).

Children achieving a good level of development are those achieving at least the expected level within communication and language, physical development, personal and social emotional development, literacy and mathematics.

Children achieving at least the expected level across all early learning goals (ELGs) are those achieving ‘expected’ or ‘exceeded’ in all 17 ELGs.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed on the data collected from this source. For more information please visit the source website.

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex

Target name

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre‐primary education so that they are ready for primary education

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier III

UN custodian agency

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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Department for Education (DfE)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


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Release date 07 April 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Please see the EYFSP 2019 Technical Document