Consultation launched to inform EYFS review

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EYFS ReviewDame Clare Tickell has launched a consultation on her independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Early years professionals and parents are being urged to respond to the review, which covers issues of regulation, curriculum, children’s welfare and whether early-years-age children should be formally assessed.

Tickell said: “I particularly want to hear from those who are delivering the EYFS on a regular basis and can advise on where we could make improvements. These views will help shape the future of the EYFS and will be invaluable in helping me to identify the best parts as well as the parts that may have to change.”

Play sector organisations are also urging those in the sector to respond.

Shelly Newstead, managing director of play sector social enterprise Common Threads, said this was a chance to promote the importance of “free play in children’s lives”.

She said: “Research has shown that today’s children are less easily able to play outside and are, therefore, more likely to spend the majority of their time being supervised by adults. This can result in children’s play being changed or curtailed to suit adult ideas and ideals about what constitutes good play.”

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said: “We would encourage nurseries to also tell parents about the review, as it is vital that responses are as representative as possible.”

She is pleased that the consultation focuses on reviewing the EYFS rather than suggesting it should be scrapped.

“We still believe that it is important that childcare providers follow one single framework to ensure high quality and a level playing field,” Tanuku added.

The consultation closes on 30 September and a final report will be produced by Tickell in spring 2011. It is hoped that any changes will be put in place by September 2012.

Join the discussion and share your response to the review by leaving your comments below!

Source: CYPNow

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4 thoughts on “Consultation launched to inform EYFS review

  • August 9, 2010 at 10:03 am
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    I have owned & managed a single sight nursery for 18 years. There have been so many changes in the last few years that we need to allow time for the Foundation Stage to become entrenched. Pre Foundatrion Stage much of our core time was spent teaching children to read and write. We have always used Jolly Phonices and kept many children until statutory school age. In our county they are now offered a full-time place in school in the September after their fourth birthday.
    After so many changes our initial scepticism of the current incarnation of the Foundation Stage has been diminished and we can see that we have finally have a working system that enables us to monitor the progress of individual children with less paperwork than was required to plan daily activities to help children to achieve the desireable learning outcomes.

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  • August 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm
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    I am a graduate in Childhood studies and have obtained my EYP status. As a professional I am aware of the huge amount of paperwork involved in following a child through nursery today. But I am more aware of the myths still around that form so much of our societies views on childcare. Still comments such as “you are only looking after children” or “why isn’t my child writing her name” or the opposite “I have taught my child to count to 20” well they can repeat it anyway! Obviously there isn’t any understanding of the concept of maths.
    I would like to see the government back the EYFS because it will eventually lead our society to realize how important the early years is and how powerful a tool good quality childcare can be. I have seen shy quiet children blossom into confident and outspoken individuals. That is why I continue to do my job, not because the EYFS or the government but because I know the love support, nurturing and guiding I provide helps both my staff and children to develop to the best of their potential. Regards, Sue Allen (07854 001771)

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  • August 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm
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    How can parents contribute to this EYFS review? Is there a web-link that we can give them?

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