It’s not up to us to tell you what to think so, instead, we’ll just put two items on the proverbial table for you to compare and contrast.

The first is this wonderful short video about children’s right to play according to Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the many, many proven benefits that play brings:

The second is this letter from the Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw about his expectations for what inspectors should be looking for in early years settings and whether the children ‘are being adequately prepared for the start of their statutory schooling’.

(NB: The word ‘play’ is mentioned twice – ‘play bricks’ and ‘play with a ball’. We wonder whether Sir Michael had a rather sad childhood?)

Let us know what you think won’t you.

Ofsted Letter to early years inspectors March 2014