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The Government Will Introduce a New 0-5 Years Curriculum

Thursday 4th August 2011

Next year a new curriculum for children from birth to 5 years old will be introduced by the government. It is aimed at getting young children prepared to start school, and to start learning and is hoped it will help to improve the current early years curriculum. Research has proved that the experiences a child has in the first 5 years of their life has the greatest impact on how well their brain develops later on. Basic skills should be learned early in order for the child to be confident at learning when they attend school. Recent reports in the press have stated that many children start school without even knowing their own names, and this announcement comes quickly on the heels of such revelations. The government claims they are aiming to create an education system that every child, regardless of their social background, will be able to thrive.

The eGov Monitor website states that: “Research shows that parental interest in their child’s education has four times more influence on attainment by age 16 than socio-economic background.

The action the Government is taking to help parents ensure their children are school ready includes:

- A focus on three prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) so children are ready and able to learn at school.
- A slimmed down EYFS, more closely aligned with Key Stage 1 to smooth the transition from reception class to Year 1.
- All early years settings must check every two-year-old in order pick up early any problems in a child’s development.
- Children’s centres to have a stronger focus on supporting families and preparing for school.
- Early years qualifications are to be reviewed.
- A new website, Families in the Foundation Years for parents with all the information and advice they will need to make sure their child is developing properly.”

 

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