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THE manager of a nursery has welcomed proposals to scale down the early years curriculum – but warns going too far could be damaging to children up to the age of five.

Hannah Povey, of Little Peoples Nursery in Drayton, Portsmouth is generally in favour of Dame Clare Tickell’s review of the Early Years Foundation Stage which concludes the ‘nappy curriculum’ is too focused on targets which leaves nursery staff and childminders spending too much time form-filling.

Currently all early year providers have to monitor children’s progress towards 69 centrally set ‘early learning goals’ – which Dame Clare wants to cut to 17.

Miss Povey, whose nursery was rated as outstanding by Ofsted, said: ‘We fill in forms each term and they take up a lot of time, so I welcome scaling them back.

‘But I worry if it is too drastic, people will think they can rush through the forms, which would not benefit staff or parents.

‘The curriculum we have now is the best ever.

‘We have to be careful to strike the right balance so we don’t lose all the good things about it.’