An early start to the joys of poetry

10th March 2000 at 00:00
CAN I urge those responsible for designing the Poetry Society initiative for student teachers (TES, February 25) to reach out to all those caring for our youngest children?

While the poet laureate's observation that "children feel that it has nothing to do with them" may apply in primary schools, poetry definitely plays a major role in quality early-years proviion.

There, young children are steeped in poetry, from "Pop Goes the Weasel" to the Ahlbergs' Peepo. Early-years workers supported by the National Early Years Network make ample use of nursery rhymes and poems written especially for small children.

Eva Lloyd

Chief executive

The National Early Years Network


London N7

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