In the first part of a two-part interview, Anna-Louise Van De Merwe, National Director of the Foundation Years Trust, argues the best way to keep children learning during lockdown, and when the schools reopen, is to make sure they are happy
Parents shouldn’t feel pressured to try and become teachers at home during the lockdown, says Anna-Louise Van Der Merwe from the Foundation Years Trust (FYT), instead the focus should be on keeping children happy and healthy.
“I don’t think parents should be home schooling – particularly with younger kids,” she says. “I don’t think anyone should be feeling that that’s what they need to do.
“I would personally argue that for most parents the priority should be about kids’ mental health – keeping them happy and keeping them engaged.
“It should be about play and using this time to focus on being a child. This is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their children and they should be allowed to make the most of it.”