A generation of unruly toddlers: Schools Minister says nursery children aren't taught manners

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Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss condemns British pre-schools
Miss Truss alleges children in nurseries are not taught how to behave
Wants to follow French model on manners for children from the age of two

Nurseries are breeding a generation of toddlers with no manners, the education minister has warned.

Elizabeth Truss condemned ‘chaotic’ pre-schools that allow children to do what they want all day long, leaving them unable to sit still and listen by the time they get to primary school.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said many nurseries were filled with toddlers ‘running around with no sense of purpose’.

She called for a traditional approach akin to that found in France, where children typically start working with a graduate-level teacher from the age of two and are expected to say ‘hello’ when an adult enters the room.

The minister’s criticism comes as the Government prepares to offer tax breaks to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

From 2015, working couples will qualify for tax breaks worth as much as £1,200 a year per child.


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