Effective Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage: An Essential Guide (Paperback)Vicky Hutchin
Paperback Published: 01/03/2013
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The revised Early Years Foundation Stage (a statutory framework for all those working with children from birth to the end of their first year in school), is due to implemented from September 2012. The revised EYFS brings significant changes and therefore all practitioners need to understand the changes, meet the new requirements and ensure they provide the best education and care provision for the children. Students and colleges too will need as much support and guidance as possible, explaining the requirements, the link between these and how children learn and what effective practice looks like. This is a succinct and easy-to-read pocket guide for students and practitioners, making links between how children learn and what adults need to do to support their learning and development within the framework of the EYFS. It focuses on the new Learning and Development Requirements and provides examples of effective practice. It addresses three key themes which are emerging as areas for further development in the early years: understanding how children learn, parents as partners and assessment. It also covers the new statutory assessments for this age group, including a new mandatory assessment at age two and a new format for the statutory assessment at the end of the EYFS in the reception year. This is the first time that any government has required an assessment on two year olds, therefore the proposed book will provide invaluable guidance and support on how best to carry this out. Key features of the book include: * Outlining the EYFS areas of learning and development, both prime and specific * Considering the meaning of the three 'characteristics of learning', an important feature of the revised EYFS about which there is little advice and support * Addressing partnership with parents in their children's learning and development, which was a major feature of the recent reviews relating to early intervention and early years * Providing guidance on how to carry out the 'Progress Check at Age Two'. This is the statutory assessment which practitioners are required to provide for all parents of children attending a setting, when the child is two years old. There is only minimal 'official' guidance for practitioners on how to do this.
Publisher: Open University Press