Children, Schools and Families Committee

14 May 2008




EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Oral Evidence Session

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence as follows:

Wednesday 21 May at 9.30am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Evidence from: Bernadette Duffy, Head, Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre; Anna Firth, Open Eye; Professor Ted Melhuish, Professor of Human Development, Birkbeck College, University of London; and Sue Palmer, Educational consultant.

Followed by at approximately 10.45am:

Evidence from: Graham Kennish, Open Eye; Anne Nelson, Chief Executive, Early Education; and Morag Stuart, Professor in the Psychology of Reading, Institute of Education, University of London.

The purpose of this session is to consider the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and guidance, which comes into practice in September this year. The session will cover the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment arrangements set out under the EYFS, the appropriateness of its birth to 5 remit, its statutory status, its workforce implications and the role it sets out for parents.

The session will also be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.