EYFS Review: Early Years curriculum slimmed down to aid child learning

EYFS Review: Early Years curriculum slimmed down to aid child learning

Sarah Teather talks about the EYFS Review

Government sets out reform of early learning and children’s centres

A new, slimmed down early years curriculum for 0-5s, more focused on making sure children start school ready and able to learn, will be introduced next year under changes set out by Children’s Minister Sarah Teather.

Responding to the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the new framework radically reduces the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17. It also focuses on three prime areas of learning critical to making sure children have the foundations for school, and introduces a progress check for every 2 year old in early education so parents and professionals can be confident children are developing well.

As part of wider reforms to Sure Start children’s centres and early learning, the Government is looking at ways to get parents and communities more involved in running children’s centres. New plans to be consulted on will also make it easier for parents to plan and balance their working lives by making the free entitlement to 15 hours of early learning and childcare more flexible.
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Early Years practitioners respond to the review

Early Years practitioners respond to the review

On Wednesday, the EYFS review recommended that the EYFS should remain mandatory, but be simpler and less bureaucratic.

In light of the recommendations, many industry professionals have formed their own responses and suggestions about how the review could change their approach to early years.

Early Years Professional Dawn Burnham, who recently held a live webcast on the EYFS topic ‘Parents as Partners‘, has shared her thoughts on the review;
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Early years development measures to be scaled back

Early years development measures to be scaled back

A simpler, less bureaucratic system for assessing how young children in England are developing is to be announced.

The Early Years Foundation Stage, which currently has 69 benchmarks, will be reduced to just 17, focusing on basics like physical development and language.

The EYFS has been statutory since 2008 and sets out targets for learning and welfare for childcare providers.
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