One of my other, lesser-known hats is Registered Childminder (the UK equivalent of Family Daycarer) although I tend to offer part-time and temporary places (due to my family commitments and of course Ninny Noodle Noo). Except just recently I’ve been reassessing that role and the reason for this is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which will come into practice in September 2008. As a Registered Childminder I will be expected to adhere to the EYFS and will be inspected upon it. I have my concerns, along with many other people working in Early Years and here are some of the reasons why (courtesy of The Open Eye Campaign)
Edited to add: Meanwhile in the D*ily M*il: More than a third of 14 year olds boys have a reading age of 11 or below (kindly sent to AEUK, I’m not much of one for reading the papers and it’s great that there are people out there who will flag up articles like this).Â
Apparently “Falling numbers of secondary school pupils are making the grade in the core subjects of English and science despite record spending on education and initiatives to encourage boys to read.”
Could this possibly be because the government have got it wrong?Â That earlier and earlier initiatives to encourage children to read may be having the opposite effect andÂ is turning them off reading (and books)?