Module learning outcome Assessment criteria
The student can:
1 Demonstrate detailed understanding of early years policy and of policy drivers.
-Identify, and discuss, a range of early years policy initiatives (e.g. National Childcare
Strategy, Every Child Matters, ten Year Childcare Strategy, Childcare Act, Early Years
Foundation Stage) and of policy drivers (e.g. child poverty, raising standards in education,
integrated working, reducing national deficit).
2 Reflect on various influences on early years policy development
Demonstrate an understanding of a range of influences on policy development e.g. social,
cultural, political, research, government agencies, professional organizations,
academics, media, children.
3 Critically reflect on the impact of early years policy on children, parents and the early years workforce.
Examine the impact of early years policy on various stakeholders e.g. the requirement for multiprofessional working in ‘joined up’ children’s services; access to childcare provision; the effect of early years policy initiatives on childminders; the effect of the EYFS on children and practitioners. Refer to relevant studies and government reviews (e.g. Dame Clare Tickell’s review of the EYFS).
4 Implement strategies to analyse and evaluate early years policy.
For example: make historical comparisons; identify issues relating to commitment,
insufficiency, resources and diversity (see week 1 lecture); draw upon insights from
policy research (see week 5 lecture); consider whether policies complement each other.
5 Interpret and analyse information from a variety of sources.
Provide evidence of wide reading and use this to support discussion in your assignment.
6 Plan and engage in a coherent discussion.
Provide a clear, logical, structure to your work.
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