As others had said, im am SO glad i found this thred. I too have been totally disheartened by the EYFS. Up until i discovered this thred, I was beginning to think that I had totally lost the plot and after 10 years of teaching I no longer actually knew how to teach. I too am totally disheartened by the EYFS. How many times are the goverment going to implement yet another pathetic, impractical strategy/policy/curriculum etc only to be replaced a couple of years later (probably because there's another election in view)? Our LEA advisors have given 'advice' on planning...some of which is positive, in the respect that we can be more flexible with our planning and do some of our short term planning retrospectively...as in should a hot air balloon land in our school field, we can change our previoiusly planned activities and explore that...whooopee...finally we have permission! (I only hope that they dont suddenly get amnesia when OFSTED come in and say otherwise...if they do.) My gripe...which to my relief seems to be everyone else's...is what seems to be so much child initiated play and what seems to be nothing but observations and no 'teaching'. I totally understand enhancing play and encouraging the children to develop their play though wonderful enhanced play areas...but at the end of the day if all 'Joe' wants to do is be a power ranger and run around the setting, then thats all he will do no matter how fantastic the areas are and how much persuasion/direction he gets to explore other possibilities.So is teaching supposed to happen through osmosis now? I am rebelling in the form of doing 2 adult led focused activities each day ...as in a small group activity focusing on different aspects each day, such as thred coloured cotton reels onto piece of string to see who can make a pattern, and who knows the colour names... As another poster said..we have letters and sounds to implement, P.E, assemblies, PPA time to consider,along with everything else. It would be great if every setting had the man power to purposely play with a small group af children all day every day, and develop their language, imagination, links to and from previous knowledge, etc...but realistically this is impossible in a poorly funded finacially failing school... grr..it makes my blood boil... And on top of all that the EYFS (in my opinion) is rubbish...i wasnt a big fan of the FSP...but in comparison, bring back FSP any day! Debbie hurry up with that website...count me as a regular visitor and contributor!! Ok ranting over...apologies all!