The Open UniversitySkip to content

Without foundation: the EYFS framework and its creation of needs

Rix, Jonathan and Parry, John (2014). Without foundation: the EYFS framework and its creation of needs. In: Moyles, Janet; Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan eds. Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge (2nd ed). Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 203–214.

Full text available as:
[img] PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (131kB)
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This chapter examines the language and underpinning ideas of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and its supporting documents. It explores how notions of diversity and difference emerge, in particular the construction of special educational needs and disability. It considers the underlying contradictions which arise, including links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The chapter examines the claims that the framework is not about a staged notion of development, and relates this to its vision of what education is for and how parents should be involved. As well as challenging the norm based notions of development and assessment underpinning the EYFS, the chapter questions why difference is not threaded through the document but emerges as an occasional add on. It also highlights the challenges which emerge in relation to equitable access to support at a time when there is a shift away from centralised systems towards an increasing diversification of provision. It questions whether the processes the framework encourages practitioners to undertake will result in more effective practice which is genuinely responsive to the learning needs of children and relevant to practitioners.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 Janet Moyles, Jane Payler and Jan Georgeson
ISBN: 0-335-26264-3, 978-0-335-26264-9
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 42244
Depositing User: Jonathan Rix
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:25
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU