Nursery teachers spend too much time filling in forms rather than aiding children's development, a new study has found.
The report has also called for the number of targets youngsters should have to meet be cut from 69 to 17.
Lead author, Dame Clare Tickell, claimed the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has helped boost standards of education for under-fives, but has also become bogged down in targets. 
She said: "The current EYFS is cumbersome, repetitive and unnecessarily bureaucratic, and it isn't doing enough to engage parents in their child's development or make sure children are starting school with the basic skills they need to be ready to learn."
Instead, the government report has recommended two and three-year-olds undergo general progress checks to see how well they walk, talk and ask for help. Nurseries and childminders should also provide written summaries to parents to advise them of progress in these areas.
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