Today I had to attend a compulsory Local Authority training for moderation of the Foundation Stage Profiles. I couldn't believe the waste of money for this event so I said so. I couldn't believe that so many intelligent women could take the profiles seriously and spend so much time pouring over which point was addressed by the fictitious 'examples' provided so I said so. I couldn't believe the presumption that the Foundation Stage Profiles warranted such degree of attention and approval and time to evidence them so I said so. I couldn't believe that so many advisers and practitioners could be duped into believing that these were necessary procedures to make us good practitioners so I said so. I don't spend my time in my setting observing and recording minutiae to evidence the profiles so I said so. At this, the moderator said that the only statutory part of the profiles was completing them at the end of the year. So, why is everyone jumping through the hoops? I told the advisers about the TES early years forum and the degree of disquiet re the Foundation Stage Profiles and the observing and evidencing regime and asked them if they were aware of just how much unhappiness there was across the country. I suggested that their role was really policing an unnecessarily complex and onerous assessment system which was making many people feel disaffected, overworked and overstressed. My friend sitting next to me runs a local pre-school with an excellent reputation. She described how she is really worried about a loss of that reputation. She also described how it is almost impossible to get staff nowadays because the formality and the paperwork is so off-putting. Pre-schools are increasingly settings according to the 'state' and not according to community wishes. Well - it's on record now that I don't do the profiles so I'll let you know if there are any repurcussions from 'coming out'. I'll also carrying on drawing attention to the fact that there are many of us with a variety of opinions but it is not helpful for us to feel bullied and intimidated to carry out our practice. We would surely, in the main, like our jobs to be 'our' practice and not the government's and local authority advisers. We should surely be accountable to those in our care and their parents - and not the state per se. Isn't it just a mechansism of control having local authority advisers bumping up expectations?