Pressure mounting for five-year-olds
This blog from an English mother will resonate with any parents struggling with deferral procedures. If you haven't yet signed the Keep Early Years Unique petition on the need for change inn EY provision, this link
will take you to it, and to another mother's account of her son's too-early introduction to formal education.
Play in kindergarten predicts 'civic engagement'
US study backing up earlier findings from High/Scope
that play-based learning for disadvantaged children (age 6 and under) is associated with greater social adjustment later in life.
Stop the damage to UK kids – it's time for a revolution
Blog from Save Childhood's Wendy Ellyatt, linked to a new book
contrasting child-rearing in the Netherlands, which has the highest levels of childhood well-being, with that in the UK and USA
Is this the future for the childcare industry?
Guardian piece on an initiative to provide affordable childcare in a culture of privatisation.
Boys are defective girls?
'Girl behaviour is the gold standard in the classroom,' says a psychologist in this article. 'Boys are treated like defective girls.' By 'girl behaviour', he means the ability to sit quietly and get on with deskwork but, for optimum physical and mental health, all children – boys and girls – need to spend more time in active outdoor play, especially during their early years. We all know this (even Fox News
has got the message) but we also know that, in modern society, it's practically impossible for parents to let young children out to play. So why don't our education authorities stop trapping young children in classrooms and provide a Scandinavian-type kindergarten stage for three- to seven-year-olds?
How the new preschool is crushing kids
It's worth another look at this excellent piece by Erika Christakis, published in The Atlantic this time last year. It sums up what's now happening in US preschool and kindergarten (up to age 6) – and it sounds terrifyingly like what's happening here.