If you would like to learn about the pros and cons of early years education please join us in conversation with the chair of Scotlands UpStart campaign Sue Palmer.
Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future. To realise their full potential, they need the very best start to their education. The western countries with the best records in education don't start formal schooling till children are seven. Instead they have a kindergarten stage based on well-established principles of child development.
Current Scottish early years policy supports a developmental approach, but the structure of our schooling system makes it difficult to deliver. A statutory kindergarten stage ensures that the ethos of education for the under-sevens is different from that of formal schooling.
The Upstart Campaign believes firmly in this approach which has been researched by author and literacy specialist Sue Palmer. Sue will explain why children need more opportunities to learn through play (especially outdoors), to develop their spoken language and social skills, and to build sound foundations for academic achievement.
The event will be followed by a book signing. If you cannot make the event or want to read the book before the event please order here http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/book/Sue-Palmer/Upstart/9781782502685
The Calton Centre can be reached by public transport buses - it is just off Easter road where parking is available on some side streets.