Sir Michael Wilshaw visits Windrush Nursery in Woolwich
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Sir Michael Wilshaw: Children 'unprepared' for school

Too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school, Ofsted's chief inspector says.

Speaking to the Today programme, Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "We know that more than two thirds of our poorest children go to school unprepared.

"They can't hold a pen, they have poor language and communication skills, they don't recognise simple numbers, and so on."

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said it was "I disagree that high-quality care can only be provided through schools, the vast majority of nurseries are absolutely delivering that."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Thursday 3 April.

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