Too much early years paperwork

Survey from the Early Years Allianc, which is leading an early years workload group, in partnership with Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE). Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson is a member of the project advisory panel.

By Richard Fraser, Editor

A survey from the Early Years Alliance has revealed that early years practitioners believe they are producing more paperwork than they are required to do

The survey follows the launch earlier this year of the early years workload group, led by the Alliance in partnership with Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE).  

Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson is a member of the project advisory panel.

The survey, which found 84% of respondents think that they produce more paperwork than required under the EYFS, has revealed a number of factors contributed to the administrative workload in the sector: 

  • Almost three quarters of respondents (70%) said they completed some additional paperwork in case an Ofsted inspector asked for it 
  • Well over half (59%) of respondents said that their internal processes required more paperwork than was necessary to meet best practice standards within their own setting, and 25% to meet the requirements of the setting’s owners or senior management 
  • A third (35%) reported paperwork burdens linked to meeting local authority requirements 
  • Almost a third (29%) wanted to protect themselves against parental complaints. 

Read more (Nursery World)

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Further information

Turning the spotlight on early years workload (June 2019)

Voice welcomes project to tackle early years workload (April 2019)

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