Letters Extra : Too much too soon?
I work for CCEA - the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. CCEA advises the Government on what should be taught in Northern Ireland schools and colleges, monitors standards and awards qualifications.
We have been pioneering a new approach to Early Years Education and have proposed that Northern Ireland children should begin their education with a new 'Enriched Curriculum' - a less formal approach to learning.
We are currently piloting this approach in a number of schools throughout Northern Ireland and feedback to date has been very encouraging.