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Source: Times Online
Ministers are producing misleading “propaganda” which skirts around new targets for the under-5s in an attempt to head off a revolt by parents of nursery children, campaigners claim today.
Under the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which comes into force next week, all preschool children in private, voluntary or state childcare in England will be expected to meet 69 literacy, numeracy and problem-solving targets based on, and even using, computers and other technology.
But a booklet for parents on the framework contains no mention of any of the statutory literacy or numeracy targets, emphasising only that children will be expected to “learn through play” and “develop at their own pace”.
Two of the most contentious targets are that children should “write their own names . . . and begin to form simple sentences, sometimes using punctuation” and “use phonic knowledge to write simple regular words and make phonetically plausible attempts at more complex words”.
This is despite the guidance for nurseries and childcarers referring to the targets as “learning and development requirements that all early years providers must by law deliver”.
The guidance also refers to “the early learning goals which young children should have acquired by the end of the academic year in which they reach five” and “the matters, skills and processes which are required to be taught to young children”.
Kim Simpson of the Open Eye campaign which has been set up with the backing of child-development experts, parents and leading children’s authors to campaign for improvement to the EYFS, claims that the booklet is misleading.
“It makes a point of mentioning the welfare requirements but the statutory learning requirements, which have caused so much disagreement and dissent, are noticeable by their absence,” she told The Times.
More social engineering from the liberal fascists in power, as they try to impose their (ignorant, socialist) view of how society should be on our children.
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