There has been a 26% rise in the number of children and young people hospitalised after self-harming in the East of England.
Norfolk MP: Nurseries Need To Be Better Oragnised
Norfolk MP Liz Truss claims too many nurseries at chaotically organised and failng to teach children good manners.
The Childcare Minister claims pre-school units needed a more structured approach and more teachers with a graduate-level education, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
She is praising the French system for caring for youngsters, using a teacher-led daily routine which she said resulted in a calmer atmosphere in the classroom.
Mrs Truss, a 37-year-old mother of two, says the Government wants children ``to learn to listen to a teacher, learn to respect an instruction so that they are ready for school''.
``This isn't about two-year-olds doing academic work - it's structured play which teaches children to be polite and considerate through activities which the teacher is clearly leading,'' she told the paper.
``At the moment fewer than one-third of nurseries employ graduate-level teachers and have structured, teacher-led sessions. We know that's very beneficial.
``What you notice in French nurseries is just how calm they are. All of their classes are structured and led by teachers. It's a requirement.
'They learn to socialise with each other, pay attention to the teacher and develop good manners, which is not the case in too many nurseries in Britain.``
``I have seen too many chaotic settings, where children are running around. There's no sense of purpose.
``In these settings where there aren't sufficiently qualified staff, and children are running around, we are not getting positive outcomes.''
Police have confirmed that a man and a teenage boy have died after an incident at West Meadows in Ipswich yesterday afternoon.
More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year, an all-time record.
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