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Too soon for school?

Here is a very interesting article posted by a mommy friend and, co-incidently, editor of our new book.  This article, School-starting Age: The Evidence, takes a look at a study by Cambridge University which identifies the potential risks of starting formal schooling at the age of three or four, including learning about letters and numbers.  A later start does NOT compromise their abilities in literacy or numeracy, and in fact starting too early can foster a negative attitude towards reading.

Children need more opportunity for free-flowing, spontaneous play – where there are no written guidelines or outcomes.  They need open space and a chance to use their developing minds creatively, rather than in parrot-fashion. 

So what should our pre-schoolers be doing?  Nursery schools should be encouraged to allow free play time with a variety of random objects that are multi-purpose.  In this way, two play sessions will never be the same.  Children will not be bored, and their self-confidence and creativity will soar as they are given a chance to explore the nooks and crannies of their imaginations.  One particular study quoted in the article states that “an extended period of high-quality, play-based pre-school education was of particular advantage to children from disadvantaged households”.

If you would like to read more about the value of free-play opportunities and true play experiences, why not order a copy of our book Playvolution: The Ultimate Guide to Developing Valuable Experiences Through Play?

Happy playing!

an extended period of high quality, play-based pre-school education was of particular advantage to children from disadvantaged households – See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.FnXH9SOC.wsgV4dgL.dpuf
an extended period of high quality, play-based pre-school education was of particular advantage to children from disadvantaged households – See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.FnXH9SOC.wsgV4dgL.dpuf
an extended period of high quality, play-based pre-school education was of particular advantage to children from disadvantaged households – See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.FnXH9SOC.wsgV4dgL.dpuf
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