“Nappy Curriculum” Response to media comments1>
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) becomes mandatory on Monday, 1st September 2008. You may have seen some adverse publicity in the national press over the weekend calling this the “Nappy Curriculum”. However, it’s easy to focus on individual elements for a touch of sensationalism.
In truth, the new scheme underlines through four clear principles, a holistic approach to early years education. These principles are Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development.
It is the principle of Learning & Development that has caused the outcry. Milestones of learning and development have been assigned to all age groups from birth to 60+ months. Whilst there are targets for babies under headings such as Communication, Language and Literacy, these are sympathetically broken down into appropriate responses such as eye contact and babbling for our youngest children. Similarly, under the heading of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, targets for babies involve grasping objects and enjoying games of Peekaboo.
The targets progress sensitively through over lapping age groups. The idea of overlapping the age ranges demonstrates that skills aren’t acquired in a chronological order. Each unique child will develop at their own pace and that pace will differ depending on the area of learning.
At Rum Tum’s we have been busily learning the theory behind this new concept and now begins the implementation phase. I’m hoping to help parents gain a better understanding of the new cuuriculum, our plans and observations through the blog and through our scheduled parents evening (9th October). I’m also happy to answer any individual questions that you might have.
In order to succeed, the EYFS needs to be viewed as the multi-faceted approach it is intended to be.