The Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years study was developed to identify the most effective pedagogical strategies that are applied in the Foundation Stage to support the development of young children's skills, knowledge and attitudes, and ensure they make a good start at school.

The study presented in this report draws on evidence from 14 case study sites and 46 childminders. Information was gathered through observations of children and staff, and through interviews with parents, staff and managers.

There is a clear focus on pedagogy throughout the report, with particular emphasis on those forms of pedagogic activity that have the greatest impact on children's cognitive development. The main body of this report begins with details of the methodology that was employed in the study. This is followed by an extended discussion and analysis of the findings.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • Executive Summary
  • Context and methodology
  • Literature on effective pedagogy
  • Interrogation of the data
  • Survey of childminders
  • References
  • Appendices