Too Much, Too Soon?: Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood

Too Much, Too Soon?: Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood

Paperback Hawthorn Press Early Years

By (author) Richard House


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  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 26mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1907359028
  • ISBN 13: 9781907359026
  • Sales rank: 203,733

Product description

How to nurture young children's well-being and learning to reverse the erosion of childhood? Children's lives have been speeded up by commercialisation, 'adultification', and the government's 'nappy curriculum' which 'schoolifies' them and pushes quasi-formal learning too soon. Now, in twenty-three hard-hitting chapters, leading educators, researchers, policy makers and parents advocate alternative ways ahead for slowing childhood, better policy-making and, above all, the 'right learning at the right time' in children's growth ? learning when they are developmentally ready.

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Author information

Richard House, Ph.D. lectures at the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, University of Roehampton.

Table of contents

Introduction - toxic childhood in context, Richard House; 23 articles in four parts: part 1; Policy Making and the Erosion of Childhood: the Case of the Early Years Foundation Stage, incl. Penelope Leach, The EYFS and the Real Foundations of Children's Early Years: Part II; The Foundations of Child Development and Early Learning: Perspectives, Principles and Practices incuding Physical Foundations for Learning, Sally Goddard Blythe; Can we Play, David Elkind: Part III; Advocacy, Research and Policy making for Children's Early Years Learning: Part IV; Ways Ahead to Achievable Futures