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News - 3 April 2014

OFSTED Nurseries not preparing children for school

Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, says England's poorest children are especially badly served, as only a third reach a good level of development in pre-schools.

He calls for schools to take the lead by providing high-quality early-years education in on-site nurseries with a greater emphasis on structured learning.

Children's Minister Liz Truss has said repeatedly that she wants to see more teacher-led sessions in the nation's nurseries, often praising nurseries in other European countries, such as France, where children take part in many teacher-led activities.

Sir Michael said the best provision was in "school-based nurseries and school-led nurseries" because head teachers "can track the progress of children in those school-based nurseries all the way into reception and beyond and make sure they do well".

But National Day Nurseries Association head Purnima Tanuku told Sir Michael he was "missing the most important point here".

"Your own report suggests that more than 80% of private and voluntary day nurseries are actually delivering good or outstanding quality."

And the Pre-School Learning Alliance, which represents 14,000 early-years providers in the private and voluntary sector, said the assertion that school-based nurseries were the best early learning environments for young children was completely misguided.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Ofsted inspections have already been overhauled to place a renewed focus on the extent to which providers focus on basic education for under-fives and pay attention to children's personal and emotional development.”

If you need any help and advice on Nursery Schools contact Peter Ham, Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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