Before Sats there was much more play in schools. Play is the tool for learning how we should live and work in society. Therefore rather than having a "rigorous pre-school curriculum", perhaps a relaxed approach might be better where children could enjoy their first years for self-discovery and creativity through play. At least then by secondary age they will not have been completely turned off education.
Cindy Silvester 16 Wellington Road, Todmorden, Lancashire