The Liberal Democrat Manifesto on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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For a while there, I was dreading having to write that none of the three major political parties of Britain had mentioned the EYFS (The Early Years Foundation Stage) in their election manifestos. And then Nick Clegg surprised me with “Change that works for you”.

I listened to the audio version of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto today. It’s about an hour long. The Lib Dems start by making it clear this is a policy document for Westminster. Of course Wales and Scotland determine their own policies on education. That’s very relevant to debates on Early Years politics as the Welsh version of the EYFS is very different from the English one (the Welsh one is more progressive).

This is what the Lib Dems have to say about the EYFS:  (Standards and the Curriculum section)

“We will replace the bureaucratic Early Years Foundation Stage with a slimmed down framework which includes a range of educational approaches and enough flexibility for every young child”.

There you have it. FINALLY an acknowledgement from one of our political parties that the EYFS as it stands is NOT working. I’ll be picking my child up from school today with fresh hope in my heart. Even if they don’t get in to government – the issue has been firmly placed in the political arena at last.

You can find a full explanation of Lib Dem policy on education at this link:

Complete Liberal Democrat manifesto Scroll to 40:50 minutes to hear the section on curriculum and “A better education”.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by arwen_tiw on April 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    On Education in general: I am reading behind what is said perhaps, but I am a little concerned that that “minimum education right” might turn into just another excuse for testing, or worse still a way of exerting control over those schools (and home environments) that are not yet forced to use any approved curriculum. However what is being said about encouraging further education, I hope I am not being too idealistic in thinking that a new system of examinations there (as laid down, and after the distressingly inevitable messy changeover stage) could make a fantastic difference! Personally I suspect that as things stand the GCSE/A Level system is getting devalued at such a rate, something will have to give there eventually anyway.

    Certainly on early years, I am very very happy with what I have just been hearing. Surprised just how much sense I found there too. Thankyou so much for bringing that section to my attention!


  2. Posted by arwen_tiw on April 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I’m going to be coming back to this later, as there is a lot to get through – but it is certainly more encouragement that the EYFS is at last being seen by politicians as at best misdirected and lacking in concrete benefit to children.


    • Posted by Frances Laing on April 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      Very much appreciated the time you have taken Arwen. Good sense as always
      Best from us
      F. R and R


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