Universal Preschool News
In this section, you'll find editorials, legislation, public policy and trends
on issues relating to preschool, pre-kindergarten, childcare and the push toward
universal preschool education. Particularly of note are articles concerning the
states claim of a compelling interest in compulsory preschool education. Visit
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Mixed response to toddler plans
There has been a mixed reaction to the government's idea of a national curriculum for babies and toddlers.
Under the Childcare Bill, childminders would teach the curriculum to children "from birth" - with some worrying that it might be too prescriptive. The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations called the proposals "bizarre".
November 9, 2005
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Playtime, nursery rhymes and progress tests
Plans for a national curriculum for babies will only add to pressure on parents, says Alice Thomson
The blue indicator line shows. "I'm pregnant." It all seems so easy. All you have to do is wait nine months and there's your baby. You can take them home and they are all yours. You can cuddle them, play with them, care for them and enjoy watching them grow. That's what you think. From the moment you inform the state that you are having a baby, there's a third parent in the relationship. It starts the moment that you tell your doctor.
October 11, 2005
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Hidden stress of the nursery age
· Study finds hormone level soars when daycare starts
· Extra time with parents needed to help calm down
Toddlers starting at nursery after being at home since birth experience high levels of stress in the first weeks after separating from their mothers, and are still showing
"chronic mild stress" as long as five months after their first day in the new environment, according to a study measuring hormone levels in young children.
by Lucy Ward
September 19, 2005
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Too much learning damaging children's play, says report
Young children are being denied the chance to play at being pirates and astronauts because they spend so much time learning to read and write, according to research published today.
Role play games such as pretending to be doctors or police officers are vital to help children learn how to make friends and develop their imagination, the University of Plymouth study found. But the pressures of the formal primary school curriculum, such as the drive to teach literacy, mean there is too little time for play, the research said.
September 8, 2005
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Three-year-olds 'face criminal risk test'
Children as young as three should be targeted as potential criminals, according to a leaked government report. The Home Office study suggested nursery staff should be trained to spot tots at risk of becoming criminals when they grow up.
The publication said that infants not "under control" by the age of three were four times more likely to be convicted of a criminal offence once they reached maturity, according to a report in the Sunday Times. The 250-page report by the Home Office strategy unit, entitled Crime Reduction Review, was drawn up to identify the most effective ways of cutting crime by 2008.
by Helene Mulholland
June 13, 2005
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