Last week saw the publication of the Tickell review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, the framework which outlines how we must deliver care to our under 5s in the UK. The EYFS has been in place for 2.5 years and despite the media’s love of referring to it as ‘the Nappy Curriculum’, most people working in the Early Years sector have got on with it and are now fairly comfortable with what is happening.
I took part in one of the consultation meetings which was part of the review and the overall feeling from other delegates was that we were fairly happy with the framework and mostly just didn’t want any more change.
Claire Tickell’s final report appears to be a victory for common sense. She has listened to many different opinions and has consulted widely and the report makes a number of sensible recommendations, mostly around reducing the number of Early Learning goals and streamlining the amount of observations which practitioners have to record for each child. Overall, it recommends continuing with all that is good about the framework, whilst paring down some of the bureaucracy that surrounds it and recognising the need to work more closely than ever with parents.
The Government is now considering its response to the report and we are not expecting any changes which follow to take effect until Autumn 2012, but most people in the sector seem happy with the outcome. If you’d like to read more about the review, do have a look at http://www.education.gov.uk/tickellreview?dm_i=2MN,EBYU,5SBSA,15HRQ,1
We will keep you updated as and when the Government respond and will let you know how it will affect the care your children receive – if at all!