Early years curriculum frameworks

UK early years curricula

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2021, England

This statutory framework applies in England for early years provision for children from birth to 5.

The Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland

The pre-birth to 3 age range is covered by Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families

Children from 3 to 6 are covered by the Curriculum for Excellence

The Foundation Phase, Wales

The Foundation Phase in Wales covers the 3-7 age group.  There is currently no framework for the birth to 3 age group.

Foundation phase: 2008 version Changes from 2022

The Foundation Stage, Northern Ireland

Preschool settings are covered by the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education

Children aged 4-6 in schooils are covered by the Foundation Stage curriculum

Early years curricula outside the UK

Belonging, being and becoming, Australia

Te Whariki early childhood curriculum, New Zealand

A framework for a kindergarten curriculum in Singapore, Singapore

Further reading

Cultural capital

This article by Early Education Associate Anni McTavish explores the term “cultural capital”, and what it might mean for early years practitioners and their settings.

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