Dame 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.
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