Thirty years ago the playgroup movement was making history and causing frictions in early years education, as reported in a TES Scotland editorial on November 8, 1974:
Kay Carmichael, a social work adviser at Downing Street, president of the Scottish Pre-School Playgroup Association, and chairwoman at the Fife region SPPA conference said that the growth of the movement was a real part of social history, important enough to be written up and preserved.
For sheer speed of growth and diversity of development, the movement deserves to be noticed and indeed is difficult to ignore . . . Most of the playgroups' work is with and for families: there should be no tension there except where the playgroup seems to be in competition with, for instance, the nursery school . . .
Must there, should there, be a fight between the two?