Is school the best place for two year olds?
OFSTED head Sir Michael Wilshaw says the best place for two year olds is school. Where, he suggests they should be taught numeracy, literacy and pen control.
Is there really evidence to support this, knowing that many other countries, which start formal education later, fare much better with literacy and numeracy than we do?
Do schools have the capacity to cater for the needs of two year olds, which are emotionally and developmentally very different to those of four year olds? Would it not be better to focus upon supporting and developing the existing preschools, nurseries and childminders who do a very good job?
It is widely agreed by educationalists that children in the early years learn best through play. Their first educational experiences should be managed carefully to foster a lifelong love of learning.