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Early Education response to EYFS consultation

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Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Government has today released the long-awaited consultation on the revisions to the EYFS

Early Education will publish its draft response to the consultation in due course, and we welcome comments from members

Together with the coalition of early years organisations we have released a joint statement on the consultation.

Early Education Chief Executive, Beatrice Merrick, commented

“We urge the early years sector to respond to this important consultation.  Early Education and other sector bodies have worked hard as a coalition to inform and influence DfE as the draft was prepared, but we believe there is still room for considerable improvement in the text of the educational programmes and early learning goals. 

It is our view, for example, that the government’s key focus on Communication and Language is best shown by keeping three ELGs in C&L, not reducing them to two while adding one to Literacy.  This change is also likely to lead to an increase in the number of disadvantaged children not reaching the Good Level of Development, as the data show the Literacy goals are already pitched too high, further increasing the perceived equality gap while making no actual difference to children’s outcomes.  Another example is the removal of the ELGs in Shape, Space and Measure and Technology, which reduce the focus on STEM when the evidence shows we should be increasing emphasis on these subjects. 

Much of the detailed text of the educational programmes and ELGs needs to be improved.  It is vital that the DfE hear from those who work with the current Statutory Framework and non-statutory guidance on a daily basis about what will works and what will not work, as the ultimate test of these documents is whether they help practitioners in the EYFS to give children the best start in life.”

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Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is the leading independent national charity for early years practitioners and parents, campaigning for the right of all children to education of the highest quality. Founded in 1923, it has members in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and provides a national voice on matters that relate to effective early childhood education and care of young children from birth to eight. The organisation supports the professional development of practitioners through publications, training, conferences, seminars and access to a national and regional branch network. For more information on the work of Early Education visit