“I am today publishing the reformed Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which will take effect from 1 September 2012.
The new, simpler and clearer EYFS framework… which builds on the independent advice of Dame Clare Tickell, will reduce paperwork and bureaucracy for professionals and enable them to focus more strongly on the areas of learning most essential for children’s healthy development. It will also simplify assessment at age five, reducing the early learning goals from 69 to 17, and provide for earlier intervention for children who need extra help.
— Minister of State for Children and Families, March 2012
“Those working in the sector will welcome this strong commitment to the early years. But for it to succeed, we need a workforce fully equipped to rise to these new challenges, and provide flexible and appropriately tailored experiences for babies and young children.”
— Review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications Interim Report, March 2012
|Title:||Implementing The New Early Years Foundation Stage Framework|
|Date:||Wednesday 27th June 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
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|Chris Barnham, Deputy Director, Early Years Quality and Standards, Department for Education|
|Sue Robb, Head of Early Years, 4Children|
|Stella Ziolkowski, Director of Quality and Workforce Development, National Day Nurseries Association|
|Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Pre-School Learning Alliance|
Building on the recommendations of Dame Tickell’s review into the Early Years Foundation Stage (March 2011), the Government’s new ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (March 2012) seeks to strengthen and simplify the EYFS framework, making it more flexible, accessible and less bureaucratic for practitioners, parents and carers.
In order to better prepare children for starting school, the new framework focuses on three ‘foundations’: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; and physical development, applied within four areas of learning: literacy, mathematics, expressive arts and design and understanding the world. The numbers of early learning goals have been dramatically reduced from 69 to 17, and are more closely aligned to key stage 1. Disadvantage and learning barriers will be identified earlier, through closer multi-agency working and informal assessment of children at age 24 and 36 months.
Acknowledging that a quality learning experience for children requires a strong, experienced and well-qualified workforce, the Government has commissioned Professor Cathy Nutbrown to consider how to strengthen qualifications and career pathways for people working in early years education and childcare. The statutory framework also seeks to ensure parents and carers are engaged as learning partners to better support a child’s development and aid information sharing between agencies.
With the new Early Learning Foundation Stage framework due to come into effect in September 2012, planning and preparation starts now. This special symposium offers a timely opportunity for early years practitioners and providers across the public, private and third sector to understand the new framework, examine how it will be implemented and explore how early years education can be improved to better meet the needs of children in the future.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Implementing the New Early Years Framework – Building Stronger Foundations for Life, Health and Learning
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Practitioners, Parents and Carers – Transforming the Early Years Workforce
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|