The last few years have seen a surge of interest in woodworking in early years education. Some settings are starting from scratch, while for others it’s a case of dusting down the workbench and digging out the tools after many years of neglect.
If children arrive at school lacking the fine motor control and finger strength necessary to hold a pencil, they will struggle to master other requirements in kindergarten.
I’m not saying there is no place for technology. But it should be a tool, not a lifestyle, and children do not need it at all.
The pressure to excel is transforming childhood as never before. But what is it doing to our children?