Tuesday, 20 December 2011

What does the revised EYFS Framework mean for Nursery?

The government has just published the results of it's consultation on the revised EYFS Framework...

http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=conResults&consultationId=1747&external=no&menu=3

Generally slimming down the framework seems like a great idea, and I like the simple assessment framework it introduces at the ages of 3 and 4 for Nursery.

Does this mean the end of Development Matters?...the above report says they will consider creating a slimmed down version to go with the new EYFS framework. What happens if they don't produce it though?...do we still try and use Development Matters as it stands for planning and interim assessment, or are we effectively set free within the boundaries of the new expectations at age 4?

I've only just got my head round Development Matters (still struggling with how it interacts with the EYFS scale point assessment), and feel that it's brilliant for identifying children's learning steps (with the exception of ICT where it's stuck in the dark ages, and maths where I feel the learning steps aren't that well identified), but that it's a total nightmare for progress tracking and assessment! With over 300 learning steps to assess against (and plan for) I worked out that I need to write an observation every 40 seconds throughout the day for my class! Not achievable.

For those of you in KS1 or 2, it's like doing APP on every child in your class across 7 subjects...oh, and by the way you actually have 2 classes, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. That means you have about 50 children in total and only 3 hours a day to teach/monitor/assess them. In fairness the marking and planning workload is somewhat lower though!

What do those of you currently working in Nurseries think?...will our paperwork reduce massively? Will we find ourselves working in post-it note free zones?...

(For the uninitiated, we tend to write our child observations on post-it notes).



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