The Early Years series uncovers the successful Swedish approach to education in Motala.
Sweden's attitude to teaching one to six year olds appears incredibly relaxed. There's little formal learning and play is paramount. Most of the children who leave pre-school at the age of six can&'t read or write.
Yet within three years of starting formal schooling at seven, Swedish children lead the literacy tables in Europe. Could the absence of testing and inspection combined with a strong emphasis on play and relaxation be why?