Upstart Scotland is a campaign for a play-based kindergarten stage in Scotland for children aged 3-7, supported by thousands of professionals in health, social work, children’s rights, early years, the arts and education. It was started in 2016 because of the enormous change in children’s habits of play over the recent decades, which are clearly linked to physical and mental health problems.
‘The Curriculum for Excellence’s Early Level is terrific,’ says Upstart Chair Sue Palmer, ‘but its play-based pedagogical principles haven’t been implemented in most Scottish primary schools. We’re trying to draw attention to the importance of play.’
You can take a look at Upstart Scotland’s website and the work they do by clicking here.