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Wendy Ellyat says the Government response to 'Too Much Too Young' is inadequate and issues an invitation to join the campaign

The Early Years Teacher standards have a vital role in shaping the nature of the work that early years teachers will undertake and the training towards meeting those standards.

Does the fact that Development Matters has been moved from the Department for Education's EYFS section of its website matter?

Those who lived through the bleak days of the Woodhead/Blunkett Education regime of the late 1990s scarcely imagined that early-years policy-making could be any more Dark-Aged, but in this respect the current Wilshaw/Gove regime is breaking all previous records.

I often get into heated discussions with people about reading. I find that one of the reasons for the heat is that, as we get deep into the discussion, I discover that we are using the word 'read' in different ways.

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.

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