Educational programmes, referred to by some people as the ‘early years curriculum’, are the areas of learning and development which shape the activities and experiences that children have in early years settings.
The early learning goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the academic year in which they turn 5, the reception year.
The early learning goals have been changed slightly to make them clearer and more specific. The 7 areas of learning and development are:
The new 2021 curriculum has a deeper focus on early language and extending vocabulary across all 7 areas in order to improve child development in a broad curriculum, to support this, there is a greater emphasis on increasing interactions between children and practitioners.
There have also been some minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children. This may include things like talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, or the importance of brushing your teeth.
2 Year Progress Check
No changes have been made to the progress check at age 2.
The purpose of the developmental check is to help identify strengths and any areas where progress is less than expected.
The Early Learning goals are not a curriculum. They are the levels of development children are expected to have attained by the end of their reception year.