News - Debates

Is it beneficial for children to use ICT in nursery?

14-Oct-13

John Siraj-Blatchford, honorary professor at the University of Swansea centre for child research
YES John Siraj-Blatchford argues that there is substantial research evidence supporting the use of ICT in early childhood. He says: "I am keen to promote the use of mobile touch screen technologies in early childhood because all the evidence points to it being the most appropriate...

Sue Palmer, literacy expert and author of the bestseller Toxic Childhood
NO An increasing number of nurseries have got interactive boards and computers whilst a small but growing number have even gone as far as buying iPads for their children to use. However former head teacher, Sue Palmer believes too much early exposure to screen-based technology...

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Should the Government change legislation so parents decide whether summer-born children start school later?

09-Oct-13

Dr Richard House, senior Lecturer in Education (Early Childhood), University of Winchester and chair, Early Childhood Action (ECA)
Dr Richard House would like to see every parent being given the choice of when their summer-born child starts school. Currently it is up to the local authority, which means parents have to battle to get a decision in their favour, as it is decided on a case-by-case basis. Bringing...

Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare
In a recent Westminster parliamentary debate, Elizabeth Truss agreed with many campaigners who have been advocating parental flexibility in terms of summer-borns. However she is not in favour of a legislation change which would give vital support to parents and is still giving local...

Poll: Should the Government change legislation so parents make the decision whether their summer-born children start school later?

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