Alliance responds to publication of new EYFS Framework for the early years sector

Commenting, Neil Leitch, Early Years Alliance chief executive, said:

"While we recognise that a review of the EYFS was necessary given that it has been a decade since the last was undertaken, we remain disappointed at how closed the entire process has been and the lack of any meaningful engagement with the sector.

"Rather than reinforcing the need for and value of a child-centred approach to early years practice, the new framework appears to represent a shift towards a much more formal approach to provision, and one where the EYFS is seen as preparation for Key Stage 1, rather than a vital stage in and of itself.

"The Alliance will continue to support the sector to implement and deliver the new framework in a way that reflects the critical importance of a broad, child-centred approach, underpinned by a commitment to learning through play – practice that we as a sector know is best for supporting early development."