Children should emerge from the early years as inquisitive and confident learners. The NUT supports an early years play-based curriculum that promotes the development of children’s intellectual, physical, personal, social and emotional skills.
In many countries children do not begin formal education until much later than in England and Wales to enable children to learn in a way that is most suited to their stage of development. The Union believes that children in England and Wales deserve an education at every stage of their development. The early years in a stage in its own right that needs to be valued and deserves respect.