As lockdown number two hit on November 5th, parents all over the country breathed a sigh of relief on hearing that children under the age of five are exempt from the limits on two people meeting outdoors during this month-long period to halt the continued spread of Covid-19.
But why is this? Why children under five only? Of course, we don’t have the exact reasoning behind the government’s legislation, but given that Montessori principles believe that children have the largest capacity to learn between birth and age six, I’m wholeheartedly behind this decision.
There have been some terrifying stories of children who have suffered major setbacks in their development this year, with Ofsted sharing reports of children severely regressing with potty training, saying fewer words and even harming themselves as a direct result of the trauma they’ve encountered. This is simply heartbreaking and if there is any opportunity to stop this happening to even more children, we should take it.