Early years curriculum launched to help prepare children for school
A new early years curriculum is to be launched in 2012 to help prepare children for school.
The new curriculum will form the foundations on which youngsters aged up to five can master the basic skills, as well as the resilience, confidence and personal skills needed for independent learning.
It is also aimed at getting parents more involved in their child's learning and gives teachers and tutors more freedom in how they work with youngsters.
The measures are the latest in a series to be announced by the Government to support parents and improve youngster's early education so they are fully prepared for school.
Research has shown that experiences in the first five years of childhood impacts on brain development and equips youngsters with the skills they will need to succeed in a school environment.
The measures come after recent reports showed that some children are going to school without knowing their own name.