Coalition of Early Years Sector Organisations
Press release: Statement on the new non-statutory guidance for the EYFS
7 September 2020
The EYFS Coalition will work with the sector over the next six months to develop guidance for the sector, by the sector: Birth to Five Matters. This is an opportunity to revise existing guidance to develop an evidence-informed document for our times that addresses practitioners’ needs and concerns about doing what is best for children. Priorities are likely to include children’s wellbeing and key skills and knowledge for every child growing up in the 21st century such as digital literacy, sustainability and citizenship. The process of developing the guidance will give practitioners opportunities for active involvement in producing guidance and resources that support practice, that reflect their pedagogic principles and that bring together research and practice knowledge.
In this context, we invite all stakeholders (practitioners, parents, the public, policy makers and others) to engage with us in producing guidance for the sector, by the sector, through a public process of consultation over the coming months. More details about the consultation will be made available via the members of the coalition, or sign up for further details at www.early-education.org.uk/birth-to-five-matters
Have you read our recent consultation activities – please do get involved and have your say – we are very busy!
Have you taken advantage of out new temporary 6 month membership reduced cost offer yet? Here is the information.
ITE OFSTED Inspection Framework – TACTYC response to the consultation
Here is TACTYC’s response to the ITE Inspection Framework consultation – please do feel free to comment, share and use, as appropriate. We do hope you will find this useful.
A new report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examined how the government can develop the early years workforce in England, in order to improve the quality of provision. The study analysed the impact of major government policies affecting the sector over the past 15 years. The report then considers the early years education offer of the current government, and whether its policies are likely to support the workforce and high-quality provision.
An online survey carried out by a coalition of early years organisations has found that practitioners are strongly supportive of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in its current form despite government plans to make a number of changes to the framework. Headlines are that:
Over 80% of practitioners felt that children’s development was well supported or very well supported across the prime areas of development by the current EYFS;
60% of respondents judged that children’s development was well or very well supported by the specific areas of learning.
The survey, which received over 3000 responses from early years practitioners – the majority (72%) of whom have worked in the sector for more than 10 years – was carried out by the coalition in response to a government review of the EYFS. Practitioners cited lack of resources and excessive paperwork relating to inspections rather than the requirements of the EYFS as contributing to workload pressures. Practitioners also expressed the view that a better trained workforce would make more difference to children’s outcomes than changes to the EYFS framework, and that this needed to be accompanied by improving pay and conditions.
We have a new ‘Call for Papers’ on Early Childhood Education and Care in Latin America here and on our Journal’s pages. And we say goodbye to one of our long-standing Editors: Professor Pamela Oberhuemer has recently retired. We wish Pamela well in her retirement and thank her most sincerely for all her work on behalf of the Journal and TACTYC.
What a wonderful Conference … the hotel was magnificent and the Enterprise Centre Derby just brilliant! See the full report here.
Dr Jo Warin and Dr Jeremy Davies have launched their two-year study GenderEYE (Gender Diversification in Early Years Education) – an international and UK based study, with a focus on recruitment , retention and support for men in the early years education workforce. This coincides with International Men’s Day on 19th November. Worth a look ….?
We shall be closing the TACTYC Current Account on the 31st March, 2019. This means that any subscriptions paid to that account MUST be changed to the Treasurer Account before that date. We do want you all to be part of our campaigns and help us sustain pressure on governments and institutions to make excellent provision for early years professional development and young children, so WE NEED YOU! Please amend your standing orders now please and ensure that any bank transfers are made into the new Account (see members only part of the website).
Speaking at the Westminster Education Forum on 9th November, Professor Helen Bilton stated that “It is essential that the primary phase is adjusted to fit the early years phase. If you try to adjust the early years phase to fit the primary phase then you militate against a child’s developing self. Early years education cannot be seen as the waiting room for proper education.”
Professor Bilton asked why the National Curriculum is not being adjusted “to fit the early years curriculum?”
Early years colleagues in attendance raised concerns about the lack of consultation and representation for the EYFS sector.
Please read this recently published article ‘The views of teachers, parents and children on the Phonics Screening Check: the continuing domination of politics over evidence’ by Margaret M Clark OBE
Also see Education Journal (10 July 2018) ‘Evidence based policy?’
BERA has just released its Report on Baseline Assessment, which is very well formulated – read it here.
Early Education has made a strong comment on the revised EYFS and ELGs – read it here.
TACTYC’s Book Series has added a sixth book to its collection: recently launched is Gina Houston’s book: Racialisation in Early Years Education: Black Children’s Stories from the Classroom. All the books in the series are available from Routledge. These include: Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the School Readiness Agenda by Rory McDowall Clark; Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Young Children are Researchers by Jane Murray; Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability by Valerie Huggins and David Evans and Places for Two-year-olds in the Early Years: Supporting Learning and Development by Jan Georgeson and Verity Campbell-Barr. Look out for Natalie Canning’s book on Children’s empowerment in play, due out later this year.