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Helping kids who struggle at school

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More and more in my work, I hear about young children struggling with anxiety, serious behavioural concerns, mental health issues and aggression.    At the same time, I am staggered to see the ‘push down’ of formalised learning for children under six in this country – contrary to best practice in early years’ education and with no evidence that validates it has a positive influence on young children’s lives.   In Issue 9 of Parenting Ideas, I wrote about why play is critical for brain development, and social, emotional and cognitive development in young children. The removal of play in kindergarten and preschool in favour of sight words and worksheets, homework and black line markers can be damaging to our children’s ability to function as social beings – which is still our key biological drive.    Much...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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