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Early Years Magazine - Issue 10: Editor's Entrée

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Created on 26 July 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Editor's Entrée

Sarah Teather, Children and Families Minister, has announced a fundamental review of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Ms Teather said that professionals working with young children should have the freedom to “do their jobs and not have to deal with unnecessary bureaucracy”. She added: “Through this review we want to hear about what is and isn’t working well in the EYFS. We also need to create a fairer and more flexible childcare market that is responsive to parents and the rising numbers of children in childcare settings.” Children and families expert Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive of Action for Children, will carry out the review on behalf of the government. Ministers are concerned that the EYFS is too prescriptive. The review will consider whether the framework is too bureaucratic, how to shift the focus to getting children ready for education and improving the attainment of children from deprived backgrounds. Dame Clare will provide a final report next spring and the Government will consult on any proposed changes to the EYFS before they come into force in September 2012. 

Watch Children and Families Minister Sarah Teather discussing the review on YouTube.

Meanwhile, NurseryWorld are holding a one-day conference and training day on 29 September, 2010: Future Of The EYFS: Planning For The Unique Child, which will be held at 27 Sussex Place (RCOG), London. Leading childcare experts will be leading a variety of hands-on workshops. More information from the conference website. Book before 19 August to save £50!

Children thinking mathematically: PSRN essential knowledge for Early Years practitionersDo you have your own copy of the former DCSF documents Children Thinking Mathematically – PSRN essential knowledge for Early Years practitioners (Dec 2009) and Numbers and Patterns (Jan 2010)? Both documents provide ideas for professional discussion about PSRN and mathematical mark making and the Numbers and Patterns file also contains activities that are starting points for engaging children in mathematical thinking and talking. Local authorities were given the responsibility to order and distribute them but there are wide variations in practice. In some counties, even the Early Years team haven't got personal copies. Good liaison between the Early Years and mathematics teams in other areas has meant that the materials have been given a high priority. Check with your local authority if you’d like your own copy, since printing out the download can prove to be expensive due to the large number of pages. Find out if they are offering courses on the materials too.

We are pleased to be able to welcome two new writers to the Early Years magazine writing team. Pat Shoolbred has co-ordinated mathematics in three primary schools. She moved on to initial teacher training, where she has taught on both BA and PGCE courses. Early years mathematics has become her major interest. Her first article is this month’s Focus on. Karen Wilding has taught across the full primary age range, including the early years. She has worked as an early years adviser and with providers in the voluntary, private and independent sectors. Karen is particularly interested in the many challenges faced by childminders as they work within new structures and approaches. You read Karen’s first article last month, Focus On....Using counting books to support children’s transition into a Reception class.

Don’t forget to check out the Primary Magazine too: Issue 26 is a one-off special with lots of ideas of ‘10 things to do this summer’ in a variety of places. The ideas all have a mathematical theme, and some could be carried over into September. You are sure to find something that appeals to you!

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