Early Years: Planning The Transition from Play

There are huge differences between Early Years and Key Stage 1 in culture and expectations. The pedagogical shift needs to be handled with care, argues Maureen Hunt.
Children playing

The early years sector is complex and varied and often misunderstood as a result. Unlike other education sectors, the EYFS is delivered in place in a variety of settings including schools, village halls, nurseries, children’s centres and even childminder’s own homes. It suffers from an identity crisis as many people are unclear about its purpose-education or childcare? If a child attends a day nursery, is that childcare? or if they go to a school based setting, is that education? This confusion is further compounded by the different levels of qualifications; maybe it’s only qualified teachers that offer education?  and of course, the deeply rooted perception that children under 5 are ‘just playing.’

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