Government sets out maths and English targets for toddlers

Toddlers in England could have their literacy and numeracy skills monitored under plans for an early years curriculum published by the government this week.

The proposals were included in the Department for Education and Skills action plan for the 10-year childcare strategy, which outlines how the government will transform childcare, early years and extended schools provision.

The Early Years Foundation Stage – a single learning framework for learning and development for children up to the age of five – will set out requirements to promote the well-being of every child and provide “high quality experiences” covering six areas of learning and development. There will be “goals”, but no assessments.

Ministers plan to consult on the EYFS, and more detailed plans are expected in September. Education secretary Ruth Kelly said: “We must break down the barriers between childcare and education so that hard-pressed parents and their children do not miss out on opportunities and practical help because of the demands of working life”.

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