Fifteen-to-one ideal for reception

12th January 2001 at 00:00
child-to-adult ratios should be no more than 15-to-one in reception and Year 1 classes, according to MPs. Staffing levels were one of the 55 recommendations in the education and employment committee early-years inquiry report, published yesterday. Other recommendations included a campaign to attract more men into the sector, ore funding for outdoor play, increased training for early-years workers and guards against forcing children into formal learning too early. The committee, chaired by Labour MP Barry Sheerman, also backed plans to move baseline assessment to the start of Year 1 and opposed allowing childminders to smack and smoke.

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