Beatrice Merrick
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'Don't rush into formal learning at nurseries'

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

Sir Michael Wilshaw said England's poorest children were especially badly served, as only a third reached a good level of development in pre-schools.

Beatrice Merrick, from the British Association of Early Childhood Education, said she agreed with the findings, but did not believe in rushing to formal learning ''too early''.

  • 03 Apr 2014
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