The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

Children at Four

Children at four
Eleonora Teszenyi

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • what it means for children aged four to be ‘ready’ on the continuum of development;
  • theory and research relating to child development;
  • the five developmental areas – physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional.


Reception teachers' multiple identities are predicated on their understanding of the children they are working with: who they are now, what brought them to this current stage of development and what experiences they have had prior to entering the Reception class. By law, children in England start school earlier than children in most of Europe. At four, most English children enter primary school; therefore, four is an age and stage that requires special attention and it is ...

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