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Protecting Childhood. Fighting against age-inappropriate educational expectations


Our mission is to advocate for happy and healthy childhoods where learning is child-centred, age-appropriate, activity-based and fun. Education should meet the holistic development of each child, free from standardised testing and ranking.


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Dr Lilian Katz – what should children be learning?

Dr Lilian Katz – interview on habits of mind

Baroness Susan Greenfield – filmed for the Flourish summit

Babyhood – trailer -

Babyhood – attachment theory

IPA on UN CONVENTION General Article 21 – PLAY

The Importance of Play – London Borough of Hounslow

The Importance of Play – International Play Association

The Importance of Play TED Talk – John Cohn

What are the consequences of limited play – Tim Gill, Melbourne 2011

The Benefits of Risk in Children’s Play – Kaboom, 2012

Project Wild Thing

Too Much Too Young, 1998 Dispatches documentary

Preschool in Sweden

Background to Reggio Emilia – The competent child

Two Reggio Emilia schools in Italy

The Hundred Languages of Children 1

The Hundred Languages of Children 2

Ken Robinson – TED Talk Do schools kill creativity

Ken Robinson – RSA Animate

Pasi Sahlberg – the GERM virus

Lego Foundation on creativity

School Tests Couldn’t Measure the Attributes that make me who I am - Matt Damon


Too Much Too Soon; Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood

Why Finland Has The Best Schools:

Australian primary teachers resign in protest at standardised, assessment-based education -

Gardner, H. (1993). Creating minds: An anatomy of creativity seen through the lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham and Gandhi. New York: Basic Books.

Vygotsky, L.S. (1976). Play and its role in the mental development of the child. In Bruner, A. Jolly, & Kathy. Sylvia. (Eds), Play: Its role in development and evolution

The Special Value of Children’s Age-Mixed Play - Peter Gray…/3-4-article-gray-age-mixed-p…

Reshaping a Brain through Play

An Interview with Ruth Codier Resch…/3-3-interview-ruth-codier-re…

Give Them Time - an analysis of school readiness in Ireland's early education system: a Steiner Waldorf Perspective…/Give-them-time-school-readiness-2012

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds - (in American Academy of Perdiatrics)

Why Play = Learning (Encylopedia on Early Childhood Development)…/do…/Hirsh-Pasek-Why-Play=Learning.pdf

The Importance of Play - Dr David Whitbread…/dr_david_whitebread_-_the_…

Studies Emphasize the Importance of Childhood Play

Bring On The Learning Revolution - Sir Ken Robinson…/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolut… - Subversive Teaching – Educators Under Cover | Alistar Bryce-Clegg | TEDxNorwichED - Reclaiming the Conversation on Education: Nancy Carlsson-Paige

About Finnish Lessons…/about-finnish-lessons/

Stop Stealing Childhood in the Name of Education - Maggie Dent…/StopStealingChildhoodintheNameo…

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