The members and supporters of the Save Childhood Movement's 'Too Much Too Soon' Campaign believe that children in England are starting formal learning too early, that the value of their creative and expressive play is being undermined, and that they are subject to developmentally inappropriate pressures that are damaging to their long-term health and wellbeing.
They believe that there is no evidence to support such an early start and a great deal to suggest that it may be detrimental not only to their wellbeing but also to their learning dispositions and later academic achievement.
They also believe that early years education is substantially underfunded and that insufficient attention is being paid to investing in adult capabilities and wellbeing.
The original supporters of the group have now been joined by a unique alliance of early years leaders who have come together to express their own deep disquiet about the situation.
and Scotland has now launched its own 'Upstart' campaign against the school starting age
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