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Children lack basic hygiene and language skills when starting school.

Children lack basic hygiene and language skills when starting school.

More and more children are starting school without being able to communicate properly or even use the toilet, the head of Ofsted is due to warn.

Amanda Spielman will use a speech to nursery leaders in London on Friday to highlight the rising number of youngsters who lack basic hygiene and language skills by the age of four.

She will urge nursery staff to play their part in helping children learn these skills – saying they can “make a world of difference”.

Mrs Spielman’s speech is expected to describe some children as “lucky” – those who are given bedtime stories or taught the alphabet by their families.

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