Alliance responds to consultation on the Early Years Foundation Stage

Commenting on the consultation, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
 “Since the publication of the draft revised Early Learning Goals in June 2018 and their pilot in a limited number of reception classes, the sector has been keen to engage in this review of the EYFS. Unfortunately, the publication of this consultation will do little to reassure those who are concerned that the review marks a move towards an overly narrow and formal approach to early years practice.
 “We know that young children benefit from a broad, rounded and holistic approach to early years learning - and yet the proposed changes to the Early Learning Goals demonstrate a move in the opposite direction. The decision to increase the number of literacy ELGs from two to three, and to remove the real world contexts that support children to gain a solid understanding of maths from the mathematics ELGs, are just two of a number of examples of this concerning shift outlined in this consultation.
 “What’s more, the use of open-text boxes for consultation responses is likely to make genuine, detailed analysis of responses very difficult, and begs the question: how interested is the government on what the sector has to say on this issue? 
 "That said, we urge all providers to respond to this consultation. It is vital that the views of those who use the EYFS on a day-to-day basis, and have an in-depth understanding of the way children learn and develop, are taken into account during this process."


About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.