early years

7 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Robert Goodwill MP

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes and extend "Early Years" to 7!

What are the essential skills for life in the 21st century? What do our children really need to know?  What do they need to understand?  Does the current English system give them this? does not. Our children need communication skills, personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, embedded literacy and maths skills, an understanding of their world and the people in it. They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, make connections. They need confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we currently have a curriculum in England that delivers much of the above and more. It is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. For many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready!  This notion of moving children towards KS1 during their Reception year was highlighted in OFSTED's recent report into the Reception year: (  It was seen as positive that Reception teachers were starting KS1 learning in their Early Years classes in a bid to make children ready for Yr1 expectations, expectations that are developmentally inappropriate! How can this be right? Many of these children are still 4 years old.  Every child in reception is entitled to an early years education, not a watered down pale imitation. Surely its time to stop pushing the flawed and inappropriate KS1 curriculum into our Reception classes and time to push up a curriculum that is tried, tested and proven. A curriculum with relationships, environments and child development at its core.  The early years of life do not end at age 4 or 5.  They end at 7 or 8..and that is the age when learning should become more formal. This is when most children are developmentally ready for such approaches.  Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens.  Their children are thriving and out performing ours.  Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring....    Time to stop the testing our over tested children. Time to stop making children do things they are not ready for. Time to make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's stand together to make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...

Keeping Early Years Unique
39,251 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to , ,

Save our Preschool - Ivanhoe Under Fives

Save Ivanhoe Under Fives Preschool!!!!.   Today the 22nd March 2018, the parents recieved a letter from the directors Mrs AM Blewitt and Mrs C Eyley,  stating that it will be closed on the 12th July 2018 due to government funding and operating costs. Sadly there has been no help or other ways sorted to save it. Ivanhoe Under Fives of North Street, Ashby De La Zouch is based on the grounds of Ivanhoe College.  It is a very highly respected establishment that Ofsted deem outstanding. This establiment is a much loved preschool and has helped so many children of all backgrounds in so many ways. For example my son suffers from a speech delay, they have done everything possible to help encourage and develop his speech with different techniques and i now see him flourish. All of the children there with their own individual needs have benefited themselves and their development has come on greatly. The staff here are fantastic and pride themselves in the amazing job they do for the children. The community will be at a loss without this fantastic preschool. There are few preschools in Ashby, other than Private day nurseries which do not offer the quality education that this setting does for the specific age group it caters for. The children who still have another year there before school and those due to start in September now have to find elsewhere in the reduced educational facilities of Ashby De La Zouch. At least 6 fantastic members of staff will loose there employment  I am deeply saddened that this is happening we need to save this amazing preschool. Please sign and show how valued and vital this establishment is. It needs to stay open!  also please join our facebook  - Save Ivanhoe Under Fives Thank you it would be greatly appreciated. Faye Jordan (parent)

Faye Jordan
543 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Uttlesford Planning Department

Approve plans to turn the former Police Station in Stansted into a Day Nursery.

Stansted Mountfitchet is home to a large and growing number of families of young children, but it doesn't have a full day care nursery.  Working parents therefore have to add an hour or more to their daily commute to access full day childcare.  This is detrimental to the welfare of families and children. If the plans to turn the former Police Station into a nursery are approved, by January 2019, a new day nursery can be up and running. Being able to access full day care locally will save hard-working parents unnecessary travel expense, but most importantly it will give them more time with their young children.  A local nursery will also help to build a sense of community amongst parents of young children and will support children in their transition to primary school as they will move up with their nursery friends. It has been demonstrated by a traffic consultant that 'The proposed development will have a minimal impact on the Hargrave Close junction and will have no impact on the wider highway network (including in combination with the Walpole Farm site)'.* If this planning application is not approved, it will take years to find and develop another site. * source: Caneparo Associates (Transport Planning & Design) - Proposed Day Nursery at the Former Police Station, Hargrave Close, Stansted Mountfitchet, Dec 2017

Doodle Do
21 supporters