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A leading charity which represents pre-schools across the UK has criticised the childcare minister for "exaggerating" claims about problems in nursery education.
The Daycare Trust Chief Executive Anand Shukla said that the comments made by Elizabeth Truss would "only confuse parents".
The mother of two said that British nurseries should adopt the French model which has a greater focus on teacher lead activities rather than free play.
The National Day Nurseries Association has disputed claims made by the childcare minister Elizabeth Truss, that teacher lead structured learning is the only was to instil good manners into toddlers.
We asked you for your comments on concerns raised by the childcare minister Elizabeth Truss that nurseries were not teaching toddlers manners.
Mrs Truss said she wanted pre-schools to instil a 'sense of purpose' in young children and that nurseries should recruit graduate level teachers to improve the quality of their services.
The childcare minister Elizabeth Truss says the government is keen to ensure that all children learn good manners at pre-school.
The South West Norfolk MP said "I have seen too many chaotic settings, where children are running around. There's no sense of purpose."
She urged nurseries to employ more teachers with a graduate level qualification as a way of restoring order to their classrooms.
The childcare minister Elizabeth Truss believes that more pre-schools in the UK should adopt a French approach to childcare which bases many activities on teacher-led routines.
Her comments come after the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, announced a major shake up of the inspection system for nurseries.
The childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has called on pre-school nurseries to adopt a more 'structured approach' to teaching toddlers, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
The 37-year-old mother of two said that many nurseries were 'chaotically organised' and failed to teach young children good manners.