Please note that this site is no longer active and OpenEYE has now merged with Early Childhood Action http://www.earlychildhoodaction.com
NOTE: This website contains a wealth of information, including films, which, taken together, serves as a detailed historical record of the principled struggle of the ‘Open EYE’ Early Childhood campaign, which was formed in the autumn of 2007, and subsequently merged with Early Childhood Action in early 2013.
Open EYE waged a concerted media campaign against aspects of England’s statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) over a number of years, was highly regarded, and had a number of major critical and media successes. Its persistent re-statement of core perennial values about early development and learning was an inspiration to large numbers of practitioners, and helped to keep alive a holistic, child-centred ethos in England’s early childhood sphere.
The arguments rehearsed on this website about early learning are just as relevant as you read this as they ever were, and so we are leaving the website up in its entirety for researchers, students and concerned citizens to consult and enjoy – for alas, the issues we are addressing here aren’t going away in the foreseeable future.
We would be delighted if Open EYE supporters and sympathisers would like to join us in ECA – we are easily contactable through the ECA website, at http://www.earlychildhoodaction.com/contact.html
A sincere thanks to you all for your support.
The OpenEYE Core Team
OpenEYE consisted of a unique, multi-disciplinary team of experts who came together through a shared concern about Early Childhood in the UK. They had the support of an increasing number of childminders, parents, practitioners and teachers. Additional support came from a prestigious group of international researchers, authors and early childhood experts. OpenEYE was an entirely voluntary group who give their time freely to the cause.