This is unrelated to homeschooling, but it is of peripheral interest. I can only hope that this “curriculum for 0-5 year olds” never goes beyond applying only to children who are cared for outside their homes.
The Daily Telegraph, London, England, 14 March 2007, Babies to be given marks for babbling
The new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum lays down how children are expected to develop from birth to the end of the first year of compulsory schooling, the year in which they turn five. The document, which has the force of law, was published yesterday alongside a book of guidance and cards containing the main requirements and underlying principles.
I’m glad to see this isn’t been received with a completely stiff upper-lip.
As we agonise about putting children under too much pressure too young, how absurd to expect them to jump through such hoops before they can either talk or walk. And what exactly does the Government plan to do if a child chooses neither to gurgle nor to coo when the inspector calls? This really is the nanny state gone mad.
posted by Valerie