School league tables for five-year olds

This recent government proposal and the opposition to it might seem tangential to FTM but…

How will schools ‘improve’  their school rating? There will be increased pressure for children to be ‘school ready’  and this, for them,  means following the Early Years Foundation Stage from birth to five years old. This will mean formalising the early years and encouraging the under fives to be in nursery age two, prior to reception class.

This suggests that the coalition government does not value home-based care and family life as the best foundation for the early years. Educational ‘experts’ often believe that formal education for the little ones is the only way forward. They are wrong.

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