Children are learning to listen attentively and to speak fluently, and they get on well with each other and adults.
Meanwhile, early years expert Professor Kathy Sylva of Oxford University, told the Nrth of England Education Conference in January that children encouraged to initiate their own play in nursery school were better at reading and writing by the time they reached primary age.
nIn another report, inspectors found that literacy teaching in special schools is satisfactory or better in 93 per cent of lessons, good in 58 per cent and outstanding in five per cent. Teachers told OFSTED that pupils showed a marked improvement in concentration, behaviour and attitudes with regard to reading since the introduction of the national literacy strategy.
The quality of nursery education for three- and four-year-olds 1999-2000 and The National Literacy Strategy in special schools: 1998-2000 are available on www.ofsted.gov.uk