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Early Years Foundation Stage Targets to be Cut

Wednesday 30th March 2011

A review of early years was commissioned by the government in July in order to reduce the time spent by teachers and carers simply ticking boxes. The current system has come under criticism as it forces teachers to spend more time filling out reports than teaching the children.

The report by Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive of Action for Children, is due to be published later today. It is predicted that Dame Clare will say that the Early Years Foundation Stage should not be scrapped altogether, because a framework is needed to help early years professionals make sure children are learning core life and communication skills.

Reducing the current number of benchmarks from 69 to 17 will introduce a new strategy, concentrating on basic areas such as physical development, communication and language and understanding the world. If this review is passed it will be welcomed by early years teachers nationwide, as they will have less paperwork to concentrate on and more emphasis on the children and education.


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