Early years foundation stage: 1 in 3 staff says literacy goals too high

14th August 2009 at 01:00
Almost one in three early years staff says the literacy goals set for children leaving reception are too high, according to a survey by the charity Early Education

Recent statistics revealed that just 54 per cent of boys can "attempt writing for a variety of purposes" by the time they reach the end of reception, compared with 74 per cent of girls.

The survey of 295 early years workers was carried out as part of a response to the consultation into the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority on the first year of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The survey found that many of those working in early years supported the aims of the EYFS, which include a balance between child-initiated and adult-initiated activities, as much access to outside play and learning as possible and assessment through observation.

While there is broad support for most of the curriculum, the biggest stumbling blocks are the expectations in communication, language and literacy and knowing how to track progress.

Megan Pacey, chief executive of the charity, said: "A year on, the EYFS is being embraced as a positive framework, with sound principles, that enables practitioners to provide education with an emphasis on learning through play.

"While many practitioners admit to having been daunted by the EYFS a year ago, our evidence shows that the majority are now embracing the principles and ways of working that the framework advocates and are seeing the benefits of being led by the child and their interests."

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