If we are serious about providing our youngest children with the best future, then we really should stop 'faffing' about. Let's start doing it so right we can not be ignored.
Children are the future of this world, they are not OUR future, we will leave them to it when we 'pass', as we all will.
If we want to leave a society that is compassionate, respectful, honest, trusting and not greedy. Free to choose their own direction without harming others. Then we must get on with it - and ensure our youngest are given the opportunity to develop those traits.
Can we do that - with the right determination, OF COURSE WE CAN. We need to join together those who are committed to doing it, avoid embracing the trendy and settle down to focussing on encouraging and developing staff teams to recognise their importance in the role of learning enablers, motivators, encouragers and NOT teachers.
Open ended resources are the essential ingredients that give children those opportunities. Descriptive and not prescriptive opportunities are essential. Risk and challenge without adult inhibition.
If we concentrate on this rather than converting this to curricula, programmes, packages, exams, monitoring and avoid having to have tags that become products (or platforms to products) training courses or conferences we stand a chance.
So I am beginning to think that a loose affiliation of places and people that are doing this would be a good idea. Fancy joining in - EMAIL me at firstname.lastname@example.org who knows (and don't make geography an excuse)