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The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage has been published.
Registered childminders must use it from September 2008.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework which sets the standards for
learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. It builds on and replaces
the existing Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, Birth to Three Matters
framework and the National Standards for Under-8s' for daycare and Childminding.
of the pack will be distributed by Local Authorities along with training to help
you implement the framework in your setting.
The EYFS is based around four Themes:
The EYFS package is a pack of resources which contains the regulatory and legal framework
for early childhood education and care together with wider guidance.
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage booklet which sets out both
the welfare requirements and the learning and development requirements which must
be followed by all providers in delivering the EYFS. The welfare requirements cover
safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare, suitable people, premises, environment
and equipment and the documents and procedures required for the safe and efficient
management of settings. The learning and development requirements set out providers’
duties under each of the six areas of Learning and Development and include the early
Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage booklet which provides some
further guidance on the legal requirements, details of the areas of Learning and
Development and on key areas such as the EYFS principles and assessment.
A1 poster which sets out the four guiding Principles of the EYFS and gives an overview
of sixteen Commitments that providers need to follow in order to put the Principles
into practice. This will be helpful to use with parents and professionals to introduce
24 cards which give practitioners the Principles and Commitments at a glance as well
as introductory guidance on putting the principles into practice. They also provide
details of the requirements for the areas of Learning and Development as well as
an overview of child development.
CD-ROM which contains all the information from the booklets as well as more in-depth
information on all the Principles and Commitments covered on the cards. It allows
practitioners to access information and video clips on effective practice, research
and resources and to tailor their route to meet their own needs.
BCMA have heard from Childminders confused as to when they should implement the new
framework. The Government’s website Teachernet quotes ‘From September 2008, providers
will be inspected by Ofsted under Sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006. Ofsted
will have regard to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
booklet when they are carrying out their inspections.’
Childminders need to
consider that they could be inspected in September 2008, and how they will evidence
their planning and observations if they haven’t already started prior to September
The long introduction to making the framework mandatory provides Childminders with
the opportunity to try out different types of planning and recording observations
prior to the official introduction.
Childminders should not feel intimidated by the EYFS; it is purely a new document
that brings together lots of existing frameworks and standards, building on what
is already in place.
Early Years Foundation Stage In our Newsletter we suggested that Childminders could
start to implement the new EYFS framework now in preparation for the official implementation
in September 2008. This statement has been challenged and it was implied that Childminders
implementing it early would fail an Ofsted Inspection.
Ann Glover, BCMA Chair has contacted both the Department for Education and Skills
and Ofsted seeking clarification of the position. BCMA has received email responses
from both Departments. DfES response states ‘After all the principles of EYFS are
the essence of all good quality early years provision so there is no need to wait
until next year to implement them.’ and they went on to say ‘I commend you for seeking
to help childminders familiarise themselves with the EYFS through your website.’
Ofsted will be producing an official statement on their website shortly also confirming
that it is acceptable to implement the framework before September 2008. We hope that
this will clarify the position for all Childminders and those who support them.
We have now produced an observation booklet based on the new EYFS. Each book is designed
to record short observations on a child, links to the framework and next steps. It
includes information on doing observations, the EYFS and Early Learning Goals. It
will be a great way to share the child’s development and progress with Parents and
to evidence to Ofsted at inspections that you are implementing the framework effectively.
The booklets are available to Bromley Childminders and to others outside the Borough.