It's interesting to see 'new names' joining in with this thread. It is high time that we started yet another petition which could be worded very simply along the lines of: We, the undersigned, have very grave worries about the nature of the 'guidance' stipulated by the government for the Early Years Foundation Stage regarding observations, assessment and recording to provide 'evidence' for all 'birth to five years' settings. We also deplore the flaws in the system of assessment for the Foundation Stage Profiles for FS2 (four to five year olds). Furthermore, we object to the Local Authority policing of our practices and our settings' files which is underpinned by law. We suggest that the government's ideas on how children should be relentlessly observed in the belief that this is essential for 'informing practice' and transition is not only misguided but detrimental to both the well-being of the adults in charge and the children themselves. Many of us regard this as unnecessary 'wrong' practice and virtually Orwellian. We urge the government to 'look, listen and note' the upwards evaluation of practitioners and teachers in the birth to five domain as currently it is looking like the government chooses not to heed the comments and objections of its ordinary and very sensible citizens.