The Too Much, Too Soon campaign was launched
in September 2013. Its core aims are:
to stop all developmentally inappropriate educational
policy-making in the UK
to re-establish the early years as a unique stage in its own
right and not merely a preparation for school
to protect young children's natural developmental rights
to prevent baseline testing
to reinstate the vital role of play
to call for an English developmentally appropriate Foundation
Stage for children between the ages of 3 and 7 (until the end
of Key Stage 1).
You can find out
Day of Action
The Too Much, Too
Soon campaign group is organising a Day of Action on Wednesday
30 October 2013. A key part of the day is a Lobby of Government.
The campaign has secured a meeting with key opinion formers in
Parliament, which will be supported by a protect outside
You can find out more on the Too Much Too
What is PACEY doing on the Day of Action?
PACEY supports the Too Much, Too Soon
campaign. PACEY was a signatory to the campaign’s Open Letter
published in the Telegraph in September 2013 ()
PACEY will be attending the Parliamentary
Lobby and Debate to ensure that out member’s concerns are heard. We
will also be helping members share information and support those
attending the lobby through PACEY Local and Facebook.
What are PACEY’s key concerns?
PACEY’s key message around the Day of Action
‘Childcare professionals know the importance
of play in helping children become confident, communicative,
sociable and curious individuals. PACEY believes that these core
social and emotional skills are as important as a child's
educational development in their first years of life, and that both
of these these are best fostered through both adult led and child
PACEY is particularly focussed in its support
of two aspects of the campaign. These are:
The risk posed by schoolification of a child's early
We have published a report ‘What does School
Ready really mean?’ which highlights the importance of ensuring
children are confident, curious and independent when they start
school – not just able to read and write.
The planned changes to childminder registration and
PACEY continues to argue that the move aware
from a single, national system that inspects and registers
individual childminders is wrong. PACEY’s view is that the
Government are pursuing a market-driven Agency approach at the
expense of quality, safe childcare.
What can you do to support the day of
If you are attending the Lobby, let people
know how it’s going. Alternatively, why not share how you’re
helping the children you care for prepare for school through play –
let us and other childcare professionals see how play is making a
real contribution to confidence, curiosity and independence. You
can share what you’re doing on the day of action via PACEY Local,
PACEY’s Facebook page or on Twitter.
Why not let the parents of the children you
care for know about the campaign? You can point them towards the
Too Much, Too Soon website,
the Save Childhood Movement and
School Ready Report
And, if you want to take action yourself, you
sign the Too Much, Too Soon petition here
And finally, don’t forget to take a
moment and reflect on how play support learning