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Interesting - not sure how this will eventually affect early years.

Doesn't sound very positive :( It would be so nice for once to hear how good the early years sector is and how we do successfully prepare, support all children and their families for later life and education. Specialist consultancy and support for settings in need may have a better outcome than threats of removing funding?? Could this isolate settings and communities even more? Doesn't sound like partnership working.

More funding into early years in general would excite me more, when thinking of the future of Britain.

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'Mrs Morgan will say. For toddlers, the teaching of such values is likely to include learning right from wrong, learning to take turns and share, and “challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes”,

 

Sigh!!!

What on earth do they think we do?!

You're so right Melba ....this has been the main objectives of early years settings from the days of just being a 'play school', days long before stepping stones, desirable outcomes, birth to three matters and umpteen revisions of Eyfs .....when are they going to accept that we are professionals who know what we're doing .....not a great first step for her in EY's :(

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Really - is this the most important thing that she has to say about early years - the despair has already kicked in - as for fundamental British values - what are we teaching our young children when politicians advocate the allocation of such low funding amounts to early years that our early years workers are paid peanuts for the excellent job that the majority do - where is that emoticon with steam again - I think we really must add one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Morning, went to bed feeling rather glum after reading the article.

However after a sleepless night things seem more positive.

British Values - we need that to be defined then I'm really confident I can cross reference that with the values, beliefs and core principles of what my setting aims to achieve, with the activities and experiences we plan. This is supported by the input of my staff and parents, their cultural differences and various life styles of my pre-schoolers and their families. That's the true essence of British values and the EYFS.

I can just think of all the wonderful attributes that my preschool brings together to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing and support of the next generation of children.

Having said that when my preschool children, parents and staff need support I am there with guidance and encouragement rather than suspicion and criticism.

I am only going to think positive thoughts.......Early years has progressed so much, we can only get better!!

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Sounds like she needs to challenge her own negative attitude and stereotype!

Sounds to me like she also needs to go and actually visit some pre-school settings and see what really goes on in them. Can I implore everyone on this Forum to please email her and invite her along to see the fantastic work you all do, including everything you do to support children's personal, social and emotional development?

Maybe that way she'll get a grasp of the kind of support you all need to do your job day in, day out and will focus her energies on the real issues and problems that early educators face. :angry:

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Seems to me that she's completely missed the mark if this is where her focus is for her first major speech. What percentage of preschool children are 'at risk' from this threat? I suspect it's a very small number. However, public perception is that it's more prevalent thanks to media hype. This is all about addressing public concerns about something in advance of the next election.

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Oh Beau, the line below made me laugh till i choked!!!!

 

"The next step should surely be to pump British values into the wombs of pregnant mothers, perhaps by forcing them listen to God Save the Queen or Churchill’s speeches on headphones so that their babies come out of the womb standing to attention and ready to salute the flag."

 

When oh when will the governement learn to stop having knee jerk reactions....leave us to what we do best

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