Four Year Olds in School: Quality Matters

S Brown, S Cleave

01 October 1994

The practice of admitting younger children to school is becoming ever more widespread in this country. This book draws on the NFER research project 'The educational needs of four year olds' carried out by the authors in 1988-1990 and reflects the findings of reports which have appeared between that time and summer 1994. It gives examples of the kind of provision which has been identified as being appropriate for this age group and describes the arrangements made by some schools for admitting four year olds to their reception classes. The reader is invited to consider suitable provision for children of this age and to reflect on practice in their own classroom, school and local education authority.