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‘Six-year-olds need to play more than they need to spell’


In a recent article in the Guardian Susie Steiner discusses how play is essential for children’s development ‘yet it is pushed out of our educational system’.

She draws on her six year old son’s lengthy list of homework tasks and how the ‘demands of his schooling’ impinges on his time to play. Susie adds:

‘It is easier to measure his ability to spell “height” than to gauge his emotional health and its connection to his ability to play freely and to see where that playing takes him … If you can’t play, you’ll never be able to write, compose, imagine, sculpt or sketch. And yet I have never seen less emphasis on playing in the education of small children.’

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