Early years education is about supporting very young children, children aged 3-5 years old. It is very different from Key Stage 1 as it is based on learning through play rather than a form of formal education. Although TA’s may not always work in the early years department it is important to have an understanding of the early years curriculum and statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Support staff are often requested work with pupils in school nurseries and foundation class as well as working with years 1 and above.
A simpler framework for the EYFS was published on 27 March 2012, for implemented from 1 September 2012.
The new EYFS framework makes a number of improvements: • Reducing bureaucracy for professionals, simplifying the statutory assessment of children’s development at age five.
• Simplifying the learning and development requirements by reducing the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17.
• Stronger emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development. These three areas are: communication and language; physical; and personal, social and emotional development.
• For parents, a new progress check at age two on their child’s development. This links with the Healthy Child review carried out by health visitors, so that children get any additional support they need before they start school.
• Strengthening partnerships between professionals and parents, ensuring that the new framework uses clear language
(Source – education.gov.uk)