No time for playtime

9th September 2005 at 01:00
Young children may be missing out on pretend games of pirates or shopping because of the demands of the curriculum, according to research at Plymouth university by Dr Sue Rogers . She said: "Children (aged four and five) learn to make friends as well as to use their imagination through role-play.

Unfortunately, pressures on time and space mean that playing at shops, pirates and hospitals is difficult to fit into the timetable."

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