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
August 5, 2022

A Sense of Belonging: Our ‘Being Me Wall’

by Charlotte Bowes @MissCBowes I have been fortunate enough to spend the last 7 years working in Primary 1 & navigating a journey from traditional1 to play-based practice (with lots…
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Rabbit, Data and the Attainment Gap

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Why Play and Time are Essential for Pre-Writing Skills

by Chloè Beattie Throughout my career in the early years, I've always been fascinated by children's literacy development. Recently, I've studied the development of pre-writing skills for my final uni…
February 26, 2022

Call to Action from Maggie – Planning for Play!

Hello.  I'm Maggie and I'm six months old.  I've just heard about Scotland's National Planning Framework (NPF4 for short because it's the fourth one they've done).  It's really interesting when…