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Should toddler 'brain time' come before 'play time'?

Toddlers can be set back "decades" if their brains are not adequately stimulated before they start school, experts claim.

Steven McIntosh from Save the Children says 47% of parents have low expectations for their child’s early learning and only hope for children to know 100 words by their third birthday – half as many as the government recommends. The charity is calling for all nurseries to have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language.

Nursery owner Angela Spencer argues the Government wants "champagne nurseries for lemonade funding" - although she does admit the standard of the nursery teaching qualification has dropped.

So, should more be done to maximise the "lightbulb" toddler years, or should children be allowed to just play at nursery?

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