Childminders 'Improve Kids' Social Skills'
CHILDREN who are cared for by childminders or day nurseries develop better social than literacy skills, inspectors said today.
A new Ofsted report found childminders and nurseries are more likely to rely on daily routines than planning activities designed to encourage their charges to learn. The report into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on visits to 68 schools, nurseries and childminders, a survey of parents and discussions with local authorities.
The EYFS, dubbed the "nappy curriculum", was introduced in September 2008. Under the EYFS reforms, every nursery, childminder and reception class in England has to monitor children's progress towards centrally set "early learning goals" up to the age of five.
The report found that in the schools visited, children made similar levels of progress in both personal, social and emotional development and communication, language and literacy.
But while personal, social and emotional development was good or better at twothirds of childminders or day nurseries, communication, language and literacy was good or better in less than half. …