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Putting the EYFS Curriculum into Practice

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The document also questions whether the EYFS encourages good practice. According to Pugh.G et al (2010:105) “we need to focus the curriculum on what is important for the children, the things that they need to be doing at this stage of their development”. By looking at the research and practice the most important things are Being Social, Being Positive, Being a Communicator, Being Creative and Being Healthy and Safe (ECM:2003). By introducing reading and writing at an early stage it could be argued that it can lead to complications later on and also delaying phonic work, therefore the EYFS recommends that practitioners use their professional judgement with introducing phonics. On the other hand the authors are claiming that children who come from a less stimulating disadvantaged environment ‘waste an entire year’ falling further behind their middle class peers in learning (e.g reading), whose parents generally know better than to delay reading instruction. This is not entirely true, Gaunte (2010) clarifies that “Parents with the support of the wider family, are children’s primary educators. What parents do at home with young children has the most impact on all aspects of their development – social, emotional, intellectual and physical”.This could include things like talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, or the importance of brushing your teeth. The EYFS Statutory Framework obliges practitioners to provide experiences which are based on children’s interests. Sometimes the children have interests that we feel uncomfortable with. As professionals we need to be able to identify what this is for each of us and then find ways of feeling more comfortable with it. Islington Council’s Engaging Boys leaflet may be helpful to read. The Vivienne Gussin Paley quote below is a timely reminder.

How and when you’ll be inspected by Ofsted depends on whether you’re on the childcare register or the early years register.Adding this requirement does not mean that you must carry out supervised toothbrushing. You will not be required to assess children’s oral health. There have been some minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children. What this means in practice From 1 September 2021, all early years providers must follow the new early years foundation stage ( EYFS) framework. Whatever your role and type of setting you work in, you’ll need to be working to the new framework.

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