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ERIC Number: EJ940164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Is the Foundation Stage the Beginning of Early Years Education?
Abbott, Lesley; Langston, Ann
Education 3-13, v32 n2 p4-9 2004
The publication and subsequent distribution and dissemination of "Birth to Three Matters, A Framework to Support Children in their Earliest Years" (DfES, 2002) marks a significant breakthrough in government recognition of the importance of the years from birth to three in shaping children's later learning. However, the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, published the previous year, focuses upon the years from three to five. In this paper, Lesley Abbott and Ann Langston challenge the view that the Foundation Stage begins as children reach their third birthday, but rather that children are competent learners from birth, and it is at this very early stage that true foundations are laid. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom