Cowgate contributes to Common Weal Policy Lab on Early Learning and Childcare

Children and families from Cowgate took part in a Common Weal Policy Lab held at Edinburgh University in September 2016 with a range of other stakeholders, including parents, practitioners, policy makers, civil servants, researchers, trade unionists, and interested citizens.

Attendees, from the children to the practitioners themselves, all agreed that play needs to have a more prominent focus in any early years syllabus.

Learning in a Early Learning and Care setting should question what is meant by teaching and learning, and the current formality surrounding these terms. Further, learning through play should encourage children to explore social skills, their rights as children, and their community.

More information on the Policy Lab and it’s report, An Equal Start, can be found below:

http://allofusfirst.org/library/an-equal-start-a-plan-for-equality-in-early-learning-and-care-in-scotland/