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Conversation is key to the early years curriculum

The evidence points to four factors that are key to building a powerful, evidence-based curriculum, writes Megan Dixon

What does a curriculum to develop essential skills for children look like in the early years foundation stage? A report by the Early Intervention Foundation ( identifies four key competencies in early cognitive development that might form the basis of a powerful, evidence-informed curriculum. It focuses on the development of the cognitive capacities of young children rather than their physical development. But, nevertheless, these early competencies are predictive of later school achievement, and this report could help to focus our attention on what matters early on – before ...

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