New early years coalition launches survey ahead of proposed EYFS changes

A new coalition of early years organisations, including NDNA, has launched a survey to better understand the sector’s opinion of and attitude towards the EYFS ahead of a government consultation later this year. child and practitioner

The coalition, which also includes Early Education, PACEY and the Early Years Alliance, was founded in response to concerns early years experts were insufficiently involved in drafting revised Early Learning Goals (ELGs). 

Early years practitioners are invited to respond to the short survey which takes around 10 to 15 minutes survey here

Aimed at practitioners, leaders and nursery managers the survey provides respondents with an opportunity to share what they think about how the EYFS currently and asks them what changes they would like to see.

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association said, “Since the launch of the Early Years Foundation Stage we have seen the quality of early education increase. The EYFS was built on a firm foundation of strong research based evidence, with a number of sector leaders involved in its development and embraced by the sector.  

“The proposed changes could have a negative impact on the quality of early years education, especially for our younger children.  We appreciate that a cycle of review is necessary to ensure that the EYFS is the best it can be, however this cannot be achieved without a thorough review of evidence based best practice and in collaboration with the early years workforce.”    

Representations have already been made to DfE to ensure that any future changes to the ELGs and the EYFS Statutory Framework have the full benefit of the most up to date research evidence and reflect best practice from across the sector.

Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive of Early Education added, “It’s entirely appropriate to revisit the EYFS and see whether it can be improved, based on evidence that has accumulated since the Tickell Review.  Tickell set a benchmark of good practice in consulting with the sector and reviewing the research to ensure that the EYFS was as well constructed as it could be at the time, and any future reviews should live up to that same standard. 

“We want to ensure that piecemeal changes such as the recently proposed changes to the ELGs don’t compromise the quality of the whole.  We’re pleased DfE are engaging with us, and we hope that some of the less well-informed changes to the ELGs will be unpicked before they go out to public consultation to ensure that all changes are improvements on what is currently in place.”

The survey will close on Friday 21 June.

Complete the survey here

The coalition includes: NDNA, Early Education, Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network, Early Childhood Forum, Keeping Early Years Unique, the National Children's Bureau, Early Years Alliance, PACEY, Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees in the Early Years and TACTYC.

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