Early Years under review (updated)

27 Mar

Updates: See below for new EYFS Framework (March 2012)

30 March 2011 (“Wide welcome for Tickell Review of Early Years Foundation Stage”):

Dame Clare Tickell has recommended that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) should be "radically slimmed down to make it easier to understand, less burdensome and more focused on making sure children start school ready to learn".

It is hard to disagree with such a view, and the review has been widely welcomed by practitioners and childcare organisations.

Voice welcomes less bureaucracy and more focus. The early years are crucial to every child's development and it is essential that we have a foundation stage that meets the needs of children, families and professionals.

As we study the Review in detail, we hope that the Government will take it on board and ask itself how the recommendations, and early years education and childcare in general, can be delivered in the face of cuts to local authority services, funding crises, and the axe of closure and redundancy that hangs over sure start and children's centres and other early years settings, and the staff who work in them.

According to the DfE press notice, "When questioned on their views of the EYFS, the vast majority (72 per cent) thought the EYFS was successful. And when questioned about the value of areas of learning, 82 per cent thought they provided an effective structure for young children's learning."

Do let us know what you think of EYFS and the Tickell Review

6 July 2011 (DfE’s consultations):

Commenting on the Government's consultations on the EYFS Framework and children's centres' core purpose, Tricia Pritchard, Senior Professional Officer (Early Years & Childcare) with Voice: the union for education professionals commented:

"Voice is pleased that the Government seems to have taken on board the key recommendations of the Tickell Review.

"The early years are crucial to every child's development and it is essential that we have a foundation stage that meets the needs of children, families and professionals.

"We welcome the emphasis of today's announcement on reducing bureaucracy and targets, and concentrating on key issues and providing clarity and focus.

"The current EYFS is cumbersome, repetitive and unnecessarily bureaucratic. It also isn't doing enough to engage parents in their child's development or to make sure that children are starting school with the basic skills they need to be ready to learn. There should also be a stronger link between the EYFS and what is expected of children in Key Stage 1.

"The new check for every two-year-old in pre-school settings, and the provision of this information to parents, could therefore be a useful way of engaging parents and identifying where support might be needed. However, it must be used sensitively and appropriately and take into account differences in children's rate of development. We do not want to see a blunt instrument that brands children, and parents, as 'failing', or feeds the Government's targets agenda and the media's obsession with comparisons.

"We welcomed the Tickell Review's call for the early years framework to remain compulsory for everyone working with children from birth to five years old, but we are disappointed that nannies appear to be excluded from this.

"However, as we study and respond to the consultations in detail, we hope that the Government will ask itself how the new framework and children's centres, and early years education and childcare in general, can deliver their objectives, and recruit and retain a skilled and well-trained workforce, in the face of cuts to local authority services and the axe of closure and redundancy that hangs over children's centres and other early years settings, and the staff who work in them."

Further information:

DfE:

Update: 27 March 2012:

Senior Professional Officer (Early Years/Wider Workforce)Tricia Pritchard said:

"We will study the document in detail, but Voice is pleased that the Government has taken on board the key recommendations of the Tickell Review.

"The current EYFS is cumbersome and unnecessarily bureaucratic so we welcome the emphasis on reducing the number of goals, and concentrating on key issues.

"The new progress check at age two should be a useful way of engaging parents and identifying where support might be needed. However, it must be used sensitively and appropriately and take into account differences in children's rate of development. We do not want to see a blunt instrument that brands children, and parents, as 'failing', or feeds the Government's targets agenda and the media's obsession with comparisons. We are therefore pleased that the professional judgment of the practitioner will decide much of what should be included."

www.voicetheunion.org.uk/tickell

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2 Responses to “Early Years under review (updated)”

  1. Liz Wynne-Jones-Tucker 17. Apr, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Congratulations on this article – our industry awaits the revised framework with bated breath. The one glaringly obvious question Tickell should have examined is ’should the EYFS be from 0-7?’ Stephen Timms has said recently that he is willing to examine evidence formal schooling age should begin later.

  2. Richard Fraser 30. Sep, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Voice’s Official Response: http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk/index.cfm?cid=815

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