Bold Beginnings or Pressure from the Start?

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 60 Number 3 (2018)

Bold Beginnings or Pressure from the Start?
LAURA WILLIAMS pages 365-374
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2018.60.3.365


In November 2017, Ofsted published Bold Beginnings, a report on its findings about teaching in the Reception year. Like very many practitioners in the early years, the author of this article believes this report to be of concern, as the recommendations it proposes would be so damaging for the early education of young children. She believes its recommendations are not developmentally appropriate for four- and five-year-olds, as insufficient importance is given to the prime areas of learning and development; the suggested curriculum would be too narrow and formal for such young children, and would remove opportunities for deep learning through play. There are also concerns about its impact on the professionalism of teachers and practitioners in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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LAURA WILLIAMS (2018) Bold Beginnings or Pressure from the Start?, FORUM, 60(3), 365-374.

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