Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school. There is no doubt that nurseries are feeling the pressure following comments from Children’s Minister Liz Truss who has said repeatedly that she wants to see more teacher led sessions in the nations nurseries.
Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme Sir Michael Wilshaw said, “The corollary of not preparing children well for school is that they don’t do well in reception and, if they don’t do well in reception, they don’t get on at key stage one, they find it difficult to read at seven, they fail at the end of primary school and that failure continues into secondary school”. He went on to add that 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”.
The comments and proposals by Sir Michael and Liz Truss have angered many childcare experts who already argue that early education is damaging children by pushing them too hard at a young age. Appearing on BBC Breakfast News Beatrice Merrick from the British Association Of Early Childhood Education said “We must not rush formal education too early”.
Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in response to Sir Michael Wilshaw was National Day Nurseries Association head Purnima Tanuku. She launched a staunch defence telling Sir Michael he was “missing the most important point here”. She also added “Your own report suggests that more than 80% of private and voluntary day nurseries are actually delivering good or outstanding quality,”
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