The things kids learn through open-ended play before they start formal schooling do enrich the reading, writing and numeracy skills they later acquire .
A child learns to make sense of the world by interacting with others and exploring their environment.
Young children have their own explanations about how the world works. They need to be given the opportunity to test these hypotheses, correct their misunderstandings and, with the help of more knowledgeable peers or adults, build on what they discover to be true.
Children in Scandinavia, with its 99-per-cent literacy rate, don’t get formal reading lessons until age seven.
Literacy experts agree that kids learn to read in different ways and at different ages. Early readers hold no long-term advantage over late starters .
Children need time to play and develop and do other kinds of learning that happens after hours.
Eating together - because it involves sitting and talking with adults over a sustained period - is one of the stronger predictors of high achievement scores and fewer behaviour problems.