According to history, the first play-based kindergarten was Frederich Froebel’s ‘Institute of Play and Activity for Young Children’, opened in 1817. Froebel went on to
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Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future. To realise their full potential, they need the very best start to their education. The western countries with the best records in education don't start formal schooling till children are seven. Instead they have a kindergarten stage based on well-established principles of child development.
Current Scottish policy supports a developmental approach, but the structure of our schooling system makes it difficult to deliver. A statutory kindergarten stage ensures that the ethos of education for the under-sevens is different from that of formal schooling.
In today's fast-moving, high-pressure world, children need more opportunities to learn through play (especially outdoors), to develop their spoken language and social skills, and to build sound foundations for academic achievement. Please read Why Upstart? to find out more about our aims and if you’d like to be kept up-to-date with the campaign, register for the monthly newsletter on the right sidebar form.
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I deferred my August-born son and a year on I’m so glad I did. He’s not top of the class but is massively more mature
by Philip Hood, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham. After the ‘success’ in popular media terms of the PISA test programme to
to help them become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. Plenty of opportunities for active, self-directed, outdoor play (e.g. running, climbing, jumping,