Nursery Reforms Threatened

My mum, who was an early years teacher her whole career, suggests the government might consider the 'nursery-fication' of school rather than the schoolification of nurseries suggested this week. Recent comments from Children's Minsiter, Liz Truss, sent a clear message that she does not believe nurseries are the best way of preparing children for school. Is that now the sole aim, then, of early years settings? Should we not be stimulating children's interest in the world around them and tapping into that amazing capacity for learning which young children exude? Is everything really just about preparation for school? Staff interviewed in this article - which you can read to find out more about this current discussion of preschool settings - say: "Bringing in formal teaching, which gets children to sit down and practise writing, for example, too early would be counterproductive. They have to push cars along the ground, push trains up and down a track. They have to have all those experiences before they can pick up a pen and write their name. If we force it we will, in the end, stunt their development." "We know when children are ready because they show an interest. Every child is unique and every child learns at a different pace." I would argue that this is not just true of the preschool years.