Too much, too soon?

Frances Laing asks: Is the English Early Years Foundation Stage expecting too much of our young children?

The English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a curriculum for children from birth to five years of age, which became statutory in September 2008. It’s the first time the government has imposed such an extensive legal framework on early years settings (including any Quaker schools with early years facilities).  We are the first parents in the UK to have requested a parental exemption from the EYFS statutory Learning and Development Requirements on ‘moral, educational, religious, philosophical, ethical and political’ grounds in a state-funded school.

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