This week there has been a great deal of focus on children’s play and the benefits of the outdoors – something which MCI’s CEO, Maccs Pescatore, is a passionate advocate for. The children’s commissioner also launched ‘The Big Ask’ survey, and a report was published urging for the early years to be included in the government’s education catch-up plan.

 

APPG for Childcare and Early Education reveals results from survey

Next week, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education, which we’re proud to sponsor, will be unveiling the results of its ‘Parent Perspectives on Early Education’ survey. The meeting is open to everyone and we’d encourage parents and practitioners alike, to come along and share your views. If you’d like to join, email: ChildcareandEarlyEducationAPPG@connectpa.co.uk.

 

The Importance of outdoor play

The Guardian shared results from a survey revealing that UK children are not allowed to play outside until two years older than their parents’ generation, with most turning 11 before they can play outside unsupervised. According to the study, not enough adventurous play can affect children’s long-term physical and mental health.

Similarly, a report from the APPG for a Fit and Healthy Childhood calls for the halting and reversal of closures of playgrounds, saying that it is now more important than ever to encourage outdoor play and that it should added to the National Curriculum. Read more about the report in The Telegraph.

The Montessori approach advocates for outdoor play and indoor play to be seamlessly interconnected, especially in early years. We believe that play is absolutely fundamental to young children’s overall development, allowing them to cultivate and nurture skills such as creativity, communication, independence and curiosity. Montessori Centre International’s CEO, Maccs Pescatore, is hugely passionate about spending time outdoors, particularly encouraging children to be comfortable in the outdoors from a young age. Read more about Maccs’ views, here.

 

The Big Ask Survey

This week the children’s commissioner, Rachel de Souza, launched ‘The Big Ask’ survey. Claimed to be England’s biggest survey of children, which aims to gather children’s views on the impact of the pandemic and barriers to their ambitions. The survey can be carried out by children aged 4-17.

BBC News reports that the survey is backed by footballer, Marcus Rashford, who has been championing measures against child food poverty throughout the pandemic, and this week has launched a book club for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to encourage a love of reading. Find out more in the Evening Standard.

 

Education catch-up plan must include early years, says Education Policy Institute

Nursery World shares a new report from the Education Policy Institute, which found that a three-year funding package of £10-15 billion is needed from the Government to meet its education recovery pledge. The report also states that high quality, accessible early years provision is needed as part of the recovery package in order to mitigate the lost learning during the pandemic and to reduce the inequality gap in education.