Compare and Contrast: Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and Te Whariki Curriculum

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in England differs greatly in structure and content to the Te Whariki curriculum in New Zealand; this therefore makes for an interesting comparison. The EYFS was introduced in England, in 2008, by the DfE as a framework that ‘sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to five’ (DfE, 2012). Alternatively, Te Whariki was founded in New Zealand, in 1996, based on the aspirations for children ‘to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society’ (Ministry of Education, 1996). Throughout this essay, the EYFS…show more content…
Furthermore, this means that children could be provided with an inadequate range of literacy experiences. Many studies have found that children’s literacy experience, before they start school, has a significant impact on later progress in learning to read and write (National Early Literacy Panel, 2008). Therefore, in relation to New Zealand’s Te Whariki curriculum this could have detrimental effects on their pupils. As highlighted, it is clear to see that literacy experiences are of great value and importance in a child’s early and later development (National Early Literacy Panel, 2008). The EYFS curriculum framework clearly displays this information for all Early Year practitioners to follow, demonstrating its importance. Moreover, the DfE (2012) believes it is important for all young children to receive the same Early Years education, despite the child’s background and the EYFS curriculum framework accommodates this. Additionally, the EYFS curriculum is linked to the National Curriculum in primary schools, and its framework helps to ensure that the child is ready to enter primary school (Soler and Miller, 2010). In contrast, the Te Whariki curriculum focuses more

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