Calls for a ‘revolution’ in Leeds pre-school provision to save city’s ‘lost children’



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CAMPAIGNERS are calling for a “revolution” in pre-school provision to help thousands of Leeds children who are left struggling to play catch-up from the day they arrive at the school gates.

As reported in the YEP yesterday, research across the city has found increasing numbers of youngsters turning up to school still wearing nappies, unable to eat with a knife and fork and many unable to speak English, leading to massive pressure on teachers forced to be “trainers not teachers”.

Leeds was also ranked last out of 152 local authorities in a new report on the early years foundation stage ‘low achievers gap’, eight per cent behind the national average.


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