Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of ‘schoolification’ of children’s early years

The “schoolification” of early years education is leaving under-fives without enough time to play, those who care for children have warned. This is from the Independent…

Almost half of all childminders, nannies and nursery workers believe young children need more play, a survey by the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (Pacey) has  found. The association is concerned that government proposals to focus on higher-level qualifications for nursery workers and childminders will only make the situation worse.

Liz Bayram, chief executive of Pacey, told The Independent: “We’re concerned there’s a ‘schoolification’ of early years, which should be about play and development opportunities. Liz Truss [the childcare minister] says she admires the French system and that over here kids run about with no purpose, but when you’re two or three do you really need a purpose, or should you be having fun?”

According to the survey of 500 childcare workers, only a third felt that children were made “school-ready” by being taught more formal lessons in basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Fewer than one in 20 said the curriculum would benefit from more academic elements, suggesting that most believe there is already enough formal education at an early age.

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  1. TheWangjangnim

    SchoolsImprove Interesting proposition, but with Asia focusing on education starting from Kindergarten, can we indeed prove the benefits?

  2. rradareducation

    SchoolsImprove Early Years and Phd seem only true points in education when wonders can be freely pursued.

  3. changepatriot

    SchoolsImprove As I’ve said before understanding of child development & the importance of constructive play are crucial for good teaching

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