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Practitioners' experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage

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Practitioners’ Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage Liz Brooker, Sue Rogers, Daisy Ellis, Elaine Hallet, Guy Roberts-Holmes Research Report DFE-RR029 Practitioners’ Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage This research report was written before the new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content may not reflect current Government policy and may make reference to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which has now been replaced by the Department for Education (DFE). The views expressed in this report are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department for Education i Contents Executive summary 1. Introduction............................................................................. …………..1 2. Background to the study: the early years context............................ ...7 3. Design and methods of the project................................................ …..14 4. Findings................................................................................. ………….. 22 4.1 Influence of the EYFS on everyday practice............................... 22 4.2 Improvements to practice brought about by the EYFS.................26 4.3 The areas of learning and early learning goals..............................34 4.4 Assessment experiences within the EYFS framework..................44 4.5 Transitions experienced by children from birth to 5.................... .50 4.6 Professional learning............................................................ ………54 4.7 Engaging parents within the EYFS............................................ ….64 4.8 Outdoor learning................................................................. ……….. 72 4.9 Continuing challenges ...................................................... ………...77 4.10 What changes would practitioners like to see?.......................... . 86 5. Discussion.....................

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