Early Years Foundation Stage

Parents, practitioners and politicians debate the EYFS framework With the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework now published and due to be phased in by September 2008, this programme examines the debate about how far Government should prescribe and determine the educational goals of babies and toddlers.

The film gauges a mixed range of opinions from parents, child minders, private day care nurseries and other settings across the country, as well as politicians. Find out from those behind the EYFS what their rationale for it is, and what are the concerns of its critics.

Beverley Hughes, Children’s Minister, argues that it’s essential that all aspects of the education and welfare of children from birth to five should be co-ordinated and unified in one document.

The claim is dismissed by Conservative Shadow Education Minister Nick Gibb who says the Government plans are ‘absurd’ and will lead to ‘tick box testing’ of two years old.

Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt also criticises the new framework for being ‘too prescriptive’.

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