D Cook

CU1533.1 Understand the purpose and principles of early years framework

1.1 explain the legal status and principles of the relevant early years framework/s, and how national and local guidance materials are used in settings

Since sept 2008 England has introduced a statutory curriculum for children aged 0-5 years who are being cared for or educated outside their homes. The early years foundation stage also incorporates the welfare requirements.
Children are assessed at the end of their reception year, which the teacher completes and   it consists of thirteen different sectors which link to the early learning goals from the areas of learning.
The national and local guidance materials help support the implementation of the national framework and has also developed guidance, information about the statutory elements and Trainning materials. This includes partnership and involvement with parents, learning through active play, need for children to have opportunities for child-initiated and adult-initiated activities, education programme is to be delivered holistically although divided into areas of learning and the importance of assessing children's individual needs.
It is only England that brings work with under 3's into statutory educational framework.

1.2 explain how different approaches to work with children in the early years has influenced current provision in the uk

The development of the early years curriculum has been significantly influenced by the following approaches, Reggio Emilia,   high/scope, montessori and Steiner
The Reggio Emilia approach is a focus on partnership with parents and children aged 0-6 years being involved in their own learning. This has influenced on the eyfs curriculum, by practitioners providing opportunities for child-initiated play, the theme entitled 'enabling environments' promotes practitioners to think about how rich the environments are for children and an emphasis on children learning through play with other...