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NEWS: Ofsted publishes research review into early years curriculum

Today (14 November) Ofsted published a new report looking into early years curriculum and pedagogy in England. The report, titled ‘Best start in life part 1: setting the scene’ is the first of a series of upcoming publications from Ofsted. This follows the publication of its new strategy for 2022-2027, which includes a greater focus on its work in early years and ensuring children get the best start in life.

Report findings

Using a range of latest research and evidence, the report examines the features that contribute to a high-quality early years curriculum and pedagogy:

  • The value of child-initiated play and activities for to support learning and development
  • Prioritising communication and language (particularly for disadvantaged children and those who speak English as an additional language)
  • Careful consideration of what children already know and can do, additional teaching for children with knowledge gaps
  • Exploring, developing and incorporating children’s interests in activities to support them to progress in learning 

The review also looks at the early years workforce in England and challenges around pay, status and training opportunities. It outlines the value of ongoing support for professional development and access to the latest research to inform practice.

Read the report in full

Ofsted's five-year strategy

Ofsted’s recently published blog “Giving children the best start in life” gives an overview of its new five-year strategy and how as part of this, it will support early years education to set up children for positive future outcomes.