Supporting children with chronic medical conditions in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a case for discrimination?

Musgrave, Jackie (2014). Supporting children with chronic medical conditions in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a case for discrimination? In: TACTYC 2014 Conference and AGM, 1 Nov 2014, Birmingham, UK, TACTYC.

URL: http://tactyc.org.uk/reflections/

Abstract

In April 2014, section 100 of the Children and Families Act (2014) legislated to strengthen the support given to children in schools with chronic medical conditions. However, the Act does not include children in the foundation stage because the former Education Minister, Michael Gove, stated in a Written Ministerial Statement (DfE, 2014) that the supporting pupils with chronic medical conditions guidance “will not apply to early years provision as there is already sufficient coverage of this issue in the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage”. This assertion has made me reflect on the possible implications for children with chronic medical conditions in the early years. Excluding children in the foundation stage from the aims of the legislation may lead to inequality in care and education because the health needs of such children may be over-looked.

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