Early Childhood Forum

The new website for ECF

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Membership

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Contact us

If you would like to contact ECF please email your enquiry to: earlychildhoodforum@yahoo.co.uk

Welcome

This is the new website for the Early Childhood Forum (ECF), which brings together national organizations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.

News & Events

CRECs Response to Bold Beginnings report

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CREC have serious misgivings about the content of Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings paper (published 29/11/17). We note that this paper ignores and contradicts other recent Ofsted papers which highlight the benefits of a play-based pedagogy and a broad curriculum in the EYFS. We also have concerns that some contentious statements made in the paper, with the intention of influencing policy and practice, may be based on evidence from a very small sample and are unsupported by a robust and rigorous evidence base.

Visit: www.crec.co.uk  for the full text.

ECF Chairman's response to the OfSTED report: Bold Beginnings

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The Early Childhood Forum is concerned that recommendations from government ministers, who are proposing a baseline test for four year olds, and OfSTED, who have just issued a report on reception classes, appear to demonstrate that established knowledge and understanding of how young children learn are not being used to formulate policy. The strength of feeling from our members across the early childhood sector in rejecting these proposed changes and recommendations is very evident (see from examples from TACTYC and NAPE ) .
 
Most other countries do not consider formal teaching of reading and writing until children are seven when they learn very quickly. What is being proposed and much of what is happening already will not only fail children at a young age, but consequently damage their progress and motivation for the rest of their education.
Research is plentiful - why do Ministers and now worryingly OfSTED- not heed the research?
 
Melian Mansfield
Chair Early Childhood Forum
This letter has been published in the Guardian and Nursery World

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