I have to say I'm not a fan of EYFS and was one of the very early signatories of the petition against it. My thoughts are that we have been given a daycare curriculum and expected to deliver it with school ratios - which I don't think anyone could argue will work. In my setting under the old Curriculum Guidance Foundation Stage we worked with 50% CI and 50% AI and had done for years very successfully. We opperated free flow and covered all the learning elements now contained in EYFS but we didn't have some of the red tape of EYFS to contend with. We cooked every week and none of us had to have a food hygiene certificate. We had two members of staff who help first aid certificates but as our youngest child was three we didn't need to train to practice first aid on babies. We saw all our parents twice daily and shared special moments with them almost as soon as they happened and any photographs were sent home as a reminder. Now the expectation is to write everything down to share ... obviously at a later date ... after the magic of the moment has faded.