The early years sector is divided over the latest reforms to the EYFS, with some industry leaders citing that it could encourage a shift from play-based learning to a much more ‘formal’ approach.
The changes, set to be introduced from 1st September, are designed to support the DfE’s plan to raise standards in early education, particularly in early language and literacy, in order to improve outcomes for all children, in particular disadvantaged children.
The new framework also aims to reduce unnecessary paperwork for early years practitioners and reception teachers giving them more time to interact with children in their care.
The NDNA, EYA and PACEY have all highlighted the divisions in the sector over the new framework. Some of the concerns include too much of a focus on preparing children for year one in school, with younger children pushed to the side. In addition, one of the aims of the reforms was to make the early learning goals clearer. But in doing so, there is the fear the DfE has turned EYFSP assessment into a ‘tick-box’ approach.
According to the DfE, the revised framework will focus on:
- A strong and holistic curriculum that puts early language development at the heart
- A streamlined and effective assessment process through a revised EYFS profile and removing statutory local authority moderation, which will reduce unnecessary workload and cement the EYFS profile as a tool that is designed to support children’s transition to year one
- A new requirement to promote good oral health
The new statutory framework which comes into force from 1st September can be found here.
The full story, with industry leader quotes – as reported by daynurseries.co.uk – can be found here.