News media

This page links to mainstream news media reports, and reports from some specialist educational journals, about the issues surrounding EYFS, early years, and the audit culture in education, as well as the Open EYE campaign. For more specialist and detailed discussion, please see our Articles page.

Please note that from 2009 we transferred all media updates to our newsletter.

March 2009

20th March, 2009  – Nick Morrison, TES Magazine – When’s their Number Up?

February 2009

20th Feb, 2009 – Helen Ward, TES – Independents resist early years profile
17th Feb, 2009 – Melanie Defries, Children & Young People Now (no-fee registration needed) – Summer-born children ‘not ready for school at four’, says study
14th Feb, 2009Warwick Mansell and Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph – Summer-born children ‘more likely to struggle at school’
14th Feb, 2009 – Polly Curtis, The Guardian – ‘Don’t send children to school’ at 4
5th Feb, 2009 – Children & Young People Now –Nurseries fear early primary entry

January 2009

30th Jan, 2009 – Isabella Kaminski, TES – Firm Foundation already laid
28th Jan, 2009 – BBC website – Childcare Fees continue to rise
27th Jan, 2009 – Graeme Paton, Telegraph – All nursery workers must have an A level
16th Jan, 2009 – Helen Ward, TES – Born in the summertime – when the living is easy. But what about the learning?
Jan, 2009 – Melinda Wenner, Scientific American – The Serious Need for Play

December 2008

7th Dec, 2008 Jack Grimston, TES – Children to go to school at just 4

November 2008

20th Nov, 2008 – Graeme Paton – Telegraph – Boys ‘dramatically lagging behind girls’ by age of five
8th Nov, 2008 – Charlotte Bailey – Telegraph – Director of ‘nappy curriculum’ quits
6th Nov, 2008 – Martin Beckford – Telegraph – Number of childminders falls 38pc under Labour

September 2008

19th Sept, 2008 – Alexandra Frean, Times – Asking 4 year olds to write does ‘more harm than good’
18th September, 2008 – BBC website – Half Young Children Underachieve
12th Sept, 2008 – Helen Ward, TES – Observation or technology: what’s best for under-5s?
12th Sept, 2008 – Letters to the Editor, Times – Young Children need play, not goals
10th Sept, 2008 – Times leader – School Reports
1st September 2008 – BBC website – Under 5s get Learning Goals

August 2008

31st Aug, 2008, Chris Irvine – Telegraph – Price of childcare could rise thanks to degree-style qualifications in nursery teaching
29th Aug, 2008 – Martin Beckford – Telegraph – Pre-school children to start work on ‘nappy curriculum’ of 69 education targets
28th August 2008,   Michael Rosen – Independent – ‘Give children books, not SATs’
25th August, 2008 – Alexandra Frean – Times – Nursery Booklet for parents is ‘blatant propaganda’
25th August 2008, Letters to the Editor, Times – Illiterate goals
20th August 2008 – BBC website – Decline in Number of Childminders
20th Aug, 2008 – John Bingham – Telegraph – Childminder shortage looms as bureaucracy forces thousands to quit
8th Aug, 2008 – TES – Letters to Editor – Play is vital as brains develop

July 2008

30th July, 2008 – Graeme Paton, Telegraph – Nursery assistants ‘creating a generation of Vicky Pollards’, teachers warn
25th July 2008 – Richard House, Guardian –  A toxic cocktail of anxiety
24th July 2008 – BBC website – Authors oppose ‘Toddler Targets’
24th July 2008 – Guardian – Children’s writers campaign against pre-school education targets
24th July, 2008 – Graeme Paton – Telegraph – Nappy curriculum a ‘threat to children’, warn leading authors
24th July, 2008 – Laura Clout – Telegraph – Protect pre-school children from learning too much too young, authors say
15th July 2008   James Randerson, Guardian – Background TV is bad for young children’s development, says study
8th July, 2008 – Times – Best not start children in school too early
4th July, 2008 – Helen Ward and William Stewart, TES – Delay formal classes until 6

May 2008

27th May, 2008 – Libby Purvis, Times – She’s starving, but how’s her IT?
26th May, 2008 – Alexandra Frean, Times – Obsessive changes leave nurseries joyless
22nd May, 2008 – Alexabdra Frean, Times – Pre-school Literacy Targets ‘are too ambitious and should be dropped’
3rd May – Alexandra Frean, Times – Technology for Toddlers scheme risks creating a ‘screen-addicted generation’

April 2008

April 6th, 2008 – Anna Burnside, Times – Nursery Schools in Crisis
April 2nd, 2008 – Rosemary Bennett, Times – Majority of Nursery Staff are poorly qualified

March 2008

24th March – BBC website – Teachers criticise over-testing
24th March, 2008 – Times –  Under 5’s to be subjected to 500 developmental targets
2nd March 2008 – Armando Iannucci, Observer – Pass me my placard – I’m with the angry brigade

February 2008

28th February 2008 – Hilary Wilce, Independent – Do little ones need formal lessons?
17th Feb, 2008 – Graeme Paton – Telegraph – Under-fives curriculum ‘will harm children’
16th February 2008 – Alexandra Frean, Times – New under-5s national curriculum ‘may make children go backwards’
15th Feb, 2008, Helen Ward, TES – When Play becomes a very serious business

January 2008

29th January 2008 – Janet Murray, Guardian – Too much, too young?

 

November 2007

30th November, 2007 – Helen Ward, TES – Call for re-think on drilling under-5s
30th November 2007 – BBC  – Review urged on pre-school plans
30th November, 2007 – Anthea Lipsett, Guardian – Experts blast ‘distorted’ early learning plans
30th November, 2007 – Daniel Bates, Daily Mail – Experts savage new national curriulum for under-fives
30th November, 2007 – Alexandra Frean, Times – Stealth curriculum is ‘threat to all toddlers’
7th November, 2007 – OpenEYE letter to TES – We call for review of Early Years Law

February 2006

3rd Feb, 2006 – Stephanie Northen, TES – Why are you testing me? – I’m only four

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