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With just one month before the EYFS revisions come on stream, it would be fantastic if we were all pulling in the same direction. But instead there is a serious mismatch in some of the messages coming from forces that affect services for our youngest children.
The Nursery World team have certainly found it difficult to tear themselves away from watching Team GB in the Olympics for the past week or so, but luckily there are lots of parallels between the sporting action and this issue of the magazine.
Only three months to go - so make sure you're prepared for the launch of the new EYFS
We're here to help as the run-up to the new Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2012 begins.
I would hazard a guess that most early years professionals did not choose their career because they love ticking boxes and filling in forms.
The revised EYFS has now been pored over and has met with both approval and alarm. Of course, people have their own basic outlook towards any sort of change - some of us look forward to the stimulation of something new, while others resist change and...
It's time for a completely new approach, argue Margaret Edgington, Grethe Hooper Hansen, Richard House and Kim Simpson, for the the Open EYE Steering Group
The revised EYFS is everywhere - except on the DfE website home page!
It is astonishing that the unrealistic writing targets in the EYFS haven't been amended, says Sue Palmer
A Critical Commentary on Reforming the Early Years Foundation Stage (the EYFS): Government Response to Consultation (publ. 20 Dec 2011)