Too Young to Fail : Too Much Too Soon Campaign
The Save Childhood Movement has launched the “Too Much Too Soon” campaign in order to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of starting formal learning too early and also to initiate an open, fully informed debate about developmentally appropriate early years practice. Despite the fact that 90% of countries around the world begin formal schooling at age six or seven, in England the belief prevails that starting sooner will lead to better results later. There is little regard to the importance of emotional and social development and instead the focus is on reaching assessment targets, which leads to testing children earlier and earlier.
The NUT believes that while it is important to encourage a high level of educational attainment, it should not be at the expense of a child’s emotional and mental wellbeing.
Children should be nurtured in a supportive environment that encourages play and allows them to grow and learn through sensory experiences, creative activities, and interactions with the world around them.
NUT members are encouraged to support the Too Much Too Soon campaign by signing the petition calling for the Department of Education to:
- Recognise the value of play
- Prevent baseline testing
- Acknowledge the early years as an important developmental stage in its own right
- Protect young children's natural developmental rights
- Establish a developmentally appropriate Foundation Stage for children between the ages of 3 and 7
To find out more information about the campaign, sign the petition or learn about other ways to get involved, please visit the website: http://www.toomuchtoosoon.org
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