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Call for more play time amid ‘schoolification’ of UK childhood

Experts urge government to take more holistic approach to children’s lives and wellbeing in light of Covid * ‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe * See all our coronavirus coverage Education experts and child psychologists have raised the alarm about the creeping “scholarisation of childhood”, as evidence grows that free play both at school and at home is being eroded in favour of academic, sporting and cultural activities. Experts are concerned that children in the UK are losing unstructured play time during the school day, with shorter lunch breaks filled with supervised educational activities. Once school has finished, homework and extracurricular pursuits are further eating into free time. Continue reading...
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