Nurseries: ICT

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether a nursery can achieve the early learning goals successfully without access to computers or screen technology.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

holding answer 2 July 2012

The early learning goals describe the level of progress that children should be expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Early years settings are required to plan for the learning and development of children in seven areas of learning. There are specific references to providing opportunities for children to use technology and other media both in the current and new EYFS (in the new EYFS this will be the expressive arts and design and creative development areas of learning).

Providers are required to assess children against the goals in the final term of the year in which the child reaches age five. This is the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). Reflecting that the EYFS does not require that children have access to specific types of technology, assessment for the EYFSP does not necessarily require the use of computers or screen technology.

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