The A code can no longer be used for EYFS pupil who are absent.
The DFE has taken the decision that the EYFS profile must be completed in all instances unless:
- an exemption has been granted by the secretary of state for the setting or an individual child. In these cases only, an ‘A’ should be recorded for every ELG within the profile.
- the child is continuing in EYFS provision beyond the year in which they turn 5. In these exceptional cases, the EYFS profile should be completed once only, at the end of the year before the child moves into year 1.
For further information regarding the A code please see- https://foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework-2/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-2023/