Applying EYFS criteria to children who have begun school is unnecessary-
This becomes farcical in a holiday club setting and impractical and unnecessary in the after school setting – I don’t want my child to have learning and development requirements assessed in the times when I just want her to be winding down and relaxing after school, or having fun and playing in the school holidays.
Whilst my daughters after school club has done an admirable job in meeting the requirements I think it is totally ridiculous they are having to jump through these hoops to provide wrap around care for 2hrs, on 2 days a week!
It gets even worse when we start to look at Holiday clubs. The practicalities in fulfilling the EYFS requirements including individual key workers have meant that in our area, the local council run holiday clubs, cannot hope to meet the requirements, so now no longer accept children under 6.
Governments at every turn seem to encourage mothers to return to the work place yet with this legislation in place it actively hampers them, causing much stress.
I would really appreciate it if you could bring this to the attention of someone involved in the implementation of this legislation. If the wording was changed to state that it only applied to children of the ages of 0-5 who had NOT yet started school it would be infinitely more sensible!