Child playing with magnetic letters
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Formal nursery will 'deny childhood,' body claims

3 April 2014 Last updated at 14:23 BST

n spokesman for the body representing nurseries has rejected Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw's calls for more structured pre-schooling.

Neil Leitch, from the Pre-School Learning Alliance, said two-year-olds were too young for formal lessons and would learn more effectively through "creative play".

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Morning Reports: "We have an obligation under the UN convention to make sure that our children are allowed a childhood. They shouldn't be conditioned to be academics at the age of two."

A Department for Education spokesperson said starting to learn from a young age with high-quality teacher-led provision could have a real and lasting impact on children's development and life chances.