Play is ‘the work’ of children and essential for good development

Play is ‘the work’ of children and essential for good development

Over recent weeks parents have been bombarded with learning materials from schools, nurseries and others for home schooling their children whilst families are confined at home during this period of ‘Lock Down’. Concern about the impact the unprecedented restrictions of ‘Lock Down’ have on children’s emotional wellbeing and their development is understandable, and not to…

YOU MUST STAY HOME!

YOU MUST STAY HOME!

COVID-19 is having massively negative effects on the nation’s health, indeed, on our whole way of life. New dimensions in our relationships undoubtedly will be forged through the unexpected challenges we face. Indeed, in a fundamental way, the impact of this pandemic could cause a recalibration of what we previously thought we prized most in…

LibDems announce 35 hours of ‘free childcare’ for babies of nine months, but where is the evidence that this will achieve the transformation to the economy and what are the long term costs to the emotional wellbeing of children ?

LibDems announce 35 hours of ‘free childcare’ for babies of nine months, but where is the evidence that this will achieve the transformation to the economy and what are the long term costs to the emotional wellbeing of children ?

The positive effects of free early years education from the age of three are many; however, to apply the same rule of thumb to babies of nine months is misguided and not based on the evidence on early brain development. In the first years of life, from conception to age three, the brain is growing…

Why seek sympathy…?

Why seek sympathy…?

It’s concerning how, with increasing regularity, print and broadcast media calls for special sympathy and understanding for one particular group in society … PARENTS! Yet parenthood is a ‘natural’ role and doesn’t happen by fiat. As never before in history has ‘parenting by choice’ been more available. However, notwithstanding that most parents have opted for…