|Too Much, Too Soon Campaign||
'What is being required of young children in England is unreasonable,
developmentally unsound and potentially harmful'
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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.
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.
Read our new Early Years Manifesto - Putting Children First
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green
Children's Commissioner for England, 2005-2010:
"Children are our nation's most precious resource, and as Neil Postman has said in his book The Disappearance of Childhood', 'They are the living messages to a time we will not see.' We ignore their importance at our peril, yet this Manifesto for the Early Years' from the Save Childhood Movement comes at a time of unprecedented financial and political turbulence leading to austerity and cuts to state spending accompanied by zealous reform of education policy. What is in danger of being lost from the debate are the best interests of the child.
'Putting Children First' is an outstanding evidence-based document that should be read by every Parliamentarian and Government Minister as well as those formulating policy, alongside professionals directly involved in the care of young children in partnership with parents and carers."
See our responses to the Select Education Committee's call for examining DfE evidence
DfE Use of Evidence
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