by Louise Livingstone, Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute As we look to support children impacted by lockdowns and school closures, we must
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? and watch our short film to find out more about our aims. To keep up-to-date with the campaign, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or register for the monthly newsletter on the right sidebar form.
Recent blog posts
The first of two blogs about creativity, education for sustainability and PLAY by Emily Reid, Artistic Director and Founder of Eco Drama What does the
The blog below, written by a private nursery owner, appeared on Upstart’s Twitterfeed on 14-2-21. It sums up scores of complaints we’ve heard over recent
Sue Palmer Over the last week, I’ve realised just how important it is to incorporate the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child