1.1 The current Early Years framework in place is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS focuses on helping children develop to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes. The framework ensures this is possible by setting specific standards of care and leaning, which childcare providers must adhere to in order to give every child the chance to learn and develop outside of home. The framework also sets out practice guidelines for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. The principle of working together with parents and outside agencies is included in the EYFS. The EYFS gives guidelines on planning the leaning around the individual, to help each child develop and flourish in their own specific way, and advises on the use of regular observations to track development.
1.2 There are common features between them all rather than the direct influences that educational approaches such as Reggio Emilia had/have, notably
- Parent partnership
- Learning through active participation and play
- A need for balancing adult and child led/initiated activities - That the framework supports practitioners to deliver education holistically although areas of learning are individually named, divided or categorised. - A recognised importance of assessing children's individual needs
One significant difference between all four here is that England's Early Years Foundation Stage is the only framework to include children aged less than 3 within itsstatutory positon. All other nations provide guidance, good practice and recommendations - Scotland's Prebirth to three. ;
1.1 Personal, Social and Emotional development aims to bring children to and awareness of themselves and others around them and helps them to develop independence. Communication, language and literacy helps to improve children’s reading, writing and listening skills. Creative development encourages children to use play, drama, music and movement to express...
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