Teachers distressed by 'demise' of play-based learning in era of NAPLAN testing

 
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Parents and early childhood educators have voiced their concerns about what they see as the decline of play-based learning in schools.
They blame NAPLAN testing and the pressure to succeed for making modern-day school unnecessarily stressful for young children.
Dr Sandra Hesterman, a senior lecturer in early childhood education at Perth's Murdoch University, said more was expected of children in kindergarten and pre-primary school than ever before.