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By Pat Beckley

This ebook presents an outline of the proposed alterations to the Early Years beginning level framework, elevating modern concerns.

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Maslow termed the final stage ‘self-actualization’, with humans striving to realize their full potential. This can be specific to each individual; however Maslow stated that in order to achieve this, an individual must not just achieve but master the previous needs. Maslow stated that each stage must be achieved before an individual is able to strive for the next stage, and in cases where any one of the four lower stages (physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem) are not met this results in anxieties and tension.

We had heard about the very successful Scandinavian approach which led to Norway, Finland and Sweden being placed highly in international league tables in literacy, despite delaying formal education to the age of 6 or 7. What we found surpassed our expectations and allowed us to look at early years provision through very different eyes. Our party consisted of a group of PGCE students and lecturers from my university college. We visited two Kindergartens and a school near the town of Hedmark in Northern Norway and, while this could never be assumed to represent the whole of the country, Norwegian colleagues assured us that the provision we saw very much reflected what was likely to be found across the country in terms of ethos and general approach towards early years practice.

Motivation was all important and an environment that provided opportunities for meaningful play where children were able to pose their own questions, seek their own answers and satisfy their curiosity through the use of all their senses was the way to inspire this in children. What is puzzling is that thinking such as this was widely known and discussed and yet for the most part did not make any significant impact on many children’s early school experiences. Forty years ago, I walked into a Reception class for the first time as a small child.

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