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For over ten years the FSF has been a platform for a passionate and vibrant community of EYFS professionals, including nursery practitioners, childminders, reception teachers, advisers and consultants, and educators and writers.
We're proud of the quality of our conversation and support here, and our ethos (exemplified by the Lessons from Geese video) of courtesy and mutual respect, even while arguing from very different points of view.
BERA's analysis of the proposed baseline assessment for Reception children does not look favourably on the intended system. They say: "In the panel’s view the proposed baseline assessment will not lead to accurate comparisons being made between schools, as policymakers assume. Perhaps most importantly, they will not work in the best interests of children and their parents."
You can read the full report here: A baseline without basis. The validity and utility of the proposed Reception baseline assessment in England. You can discuss BERA's report on this thread.
The materials to be used by the EYFSP pilot schools have been published following the announcement by Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Friday. You can read the full announcement here. From September, 25 schools across the country are set to trial revised Early Learning Goals (ELGs). The changes are aimed at reducing teachers’ workload to free up more time to support children’s early skills and produce engaging lessons. The changes to the ELGs are being discussed on this thread.
DfE have today published updated guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare. The guidance applies to the free entitlements for two-, three- and four-year-olds; securing sufficient childcare for working parents; providing information advice and assistance to parents; and providing information, advice and training to childcare providers. You can download the guidance here: Early education and childcare. Statutory guidance for local authorities. June 2018