Early Years Foundation Stage – initial press review

Some important and telling  points in the letter to the Times Educational Supplement on 14 August, 2009. ‘Boys won’t be girls’. Kim Simpson sent me a copy:

 “Recent press reports that boys are “failing” or “falling behind” would never have arisen if we were not targeting them in developmentally inappropriate ways. The real question we should be asking is “Are five-year-old girls really streets ahead, or is it that boys develop differently and have different developmental priorities on a different time scale?” In which case we need to be wary of testing young children at all.

 However discreetly assessments are done, they cannot help but give rise to false conclusions about what is the norm for children’s developmental abilities – especially when set out in a mandatory framework for learning like the early years foundation stage”.

Margaret Edgington, Early years consultant – Kim Simpson, Nursery proprietor/principal, Richmond, Surrey.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lucy Giffen on August 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    The introduction of the EYFS is still a positive thing which will now encourage early years practitioners to work towards consistent goals. As one of the aims of the EYFS is to focus on the individual child it allows practitioners to build the differences between boys and girls into their methods of achieving said goals. Surely this is a good thing and highlights well known knowledge that different children need different activities.

    It will be up to the root providers of childcare such as parents, childminders and nurseries to ensure that children start school on their way towards the Early Learning Goals and the EYFS is still in it’s infancy in these areas. Even Megan Pacey, chief executive of Early Education, said: “A year on, the EYFS is being embraced as a positive framework, with sound principles, that enables practitioners to provide education with an emphasis on learning through play.

    “While many practitioners admit to having been daunted by the EYFS a year ago, our evidence shows that the majority are now embracing the principles and ways of working that the framework advocates and are seeing the benefits of being led by the child and their interests.”


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