Kids need more play say experts

According to some experts from universities in the East, children are entering formal education too early.

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Should formal education for children be delayed until 7-years-old?

A playground row has broken out between the Department for Education and some of the region's leading academics, about the best way to educate our youngest children.

In a letter published today by the Daily Telegraph, 130 education experts have urged the government to delay formal education until children are seven years old - saying that they risk being tested too much too young.

Click below to see a full interview with David Whitebread from the University of Cambridge:

Experts argue kids need more play

Academics from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University have told the government they believe formal education for young children is damaging.

They argue play-time is an opportunity for children to have fun, and say it should last until they are 6 or 7 years old.


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