Upstart - homepage image depicting curiosityScotland’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 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.

In today’s fast-moving, high-pressure world, 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. Please read Why Upstart? and watch our short film to find out more about our aims. To keep up-to-date with the campaign, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or register for the monthly newsletter on the right sidebar form.

Recent Blog Posts
December 31, 2021

Why ‘Play, NOT Tests, for P1’ is now more important than ever

by Sue Palmer Scotland has been making huge progress in early years practice over the last few years.  More and more P1 teachers have started following the developmentally-informed guidance in…
November 24, 2021

Catching up in a time of COVID: health, well-being and the future of Scottish education

There’s no getting away from it. Despite the vaccination programme and easing of restrictions, COVID-19 is still very much with us … and likely to hang around for the foreseeable future.…
October 29, 2021

My son is learning to think ‘I can’t do it’

I’m a mother, living in Scotland, and it’s awful that I can’t put my name to this but I don’t want to hazard my son’s future in school. I’ve followed Upstart…
October 14, 2021

Fighting the system

by Alison Whelan In late 2020 I became so unwell I was forced to go on long term sickness absence from my job as a lead early years teacher. Over…