More than 100 early years experts, including the Professional
Association for Childcare and Early Years, have signed a letter to
the Telegraph today. The letter,
which you can read here, calls on government to remove the
requirement for testing and assessment of young children and make
sure that we retain a focus on play-based learning.
This week PACEY agreed to support this new campaign - the
Save Childhood Movement - formed amidst
growing concern that children's rights and freedoms are being
eroded. One key strand of the campaign is to raise awareness of the
"schoolification" of early years. PACEY has engaged childcare
professionals, parents and teachers on this issue and will be
publishing a report this month.
The Save Childhood Movement are encouraging supporters to
sign their petition, Stop developmentally inappropriate
policy-making in the early years. PACEY has already signed the
A Day of
Action has been proposed for 30 October.
The event will start at Horse Guards parade at 11.15
followed by a march past Parliament at 12.30, and lobbying of MPs
in the Houses of Parliament at 4pm.