Why does Britain and its former colonies send children to school as young as four and five, when in eighty-eight per cent of the world the starting age is six or seven?
Sue Palmer, author of best-selling Toxic Childhood, uncovers the truth: it's not because of what's best for children, but historical accident and economics.
Palmer examines research ranging from neurological science to educational data, and shows that under-sevens gain most -- educationally, physically, socially and psychologically -- from not being stuck behind a desk. Upstart puts forward a passionate case for Britain adopting a proper 'kindergarten' stage that recognizes what under-sevens really need.
With clarity, ease and vigor, Palmer describes a different way of doing early years education that would have huge benefits both for individual children, and for our nation.
'I thoroughly enjoyed Sue Palmer's writing on a sensitive but extremely important subject because it affects every single one of us. Upstart is a banner for change, for a better future for our children and so, for our country too.'
Early years Book Club
'I recommend Upstart as the book to inform your discussions and inspire you to join Sue's campaign to encourage this paradigm shift.'
– Juno Magazine