Nurseries hit back at ‘unruly’ label

Children at Clifton Lodge nursery are being taught to be polite to each other.  Evie Joyner and Naomi Sugden read together.

Children at Clifton Lodge nursery are being taught to be polite to each other. Evie Joyner and Naomi Sugden read together.

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Nurseries have today hit back at claims they are not teaching children basic manners and are raising a generation of unruly children.

Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has labelled some nurseries and pre-schools chaotic and accused nursery practitioners of allowing children to run around “with no sense of purpose”.

But nurseries on the Fylde coast, many of which are deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, have said this is far from true here.

Joanne Kaced, manager of Heyhouses Nursery, St Annes, said: “A lot of nurseries are big and I can imagine things slip but the majority of nurseries will hold personal, social and emotional learning in high regard. It’s about working with parents and being consistent.”

Amie Nicolson, manager of Clifton Lodge Nursery in St Annes, disagreed with the comments made about “unruly” youngsters, saying they learn manners and rules through play.

She said: “What this lady is saying is about not integrating manners, but the children here learn by pretending to be superheroes - learning about helping and sharing and being good through play.”

Mrs Truss has called for a traditional approach similar to that found in France, where children work with a graduate-level teacher from the age of two.

But Ms Nicolson, a teaching graduate, said it was difficult to compare English nurseries, which have children until they are four, to French nurseries where children stay until six.

She added: “Our pre-school children have just this week put together 10 Golden Rules.

They’re from the children, for the children.”

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Lancashire leader asks Gove to ban school visits

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Geoff Driver, the leader of Lancashire County Council, has written to the Tory Education Secretary asking him to “suspend” visits from education officials he considers to be “academy brokers”.

Mr Driver was due to meet Michael Gove this week and has labelled Mr Gove’s actions as “absurd” after the meeting was cancelled.

He has now asked for officials to not visit Lancashire schools, pressuring them to become academies, saying they are “disruptive” to staff and “detrimental” to children’s learning.

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