Basically is it not a series of responses?
Responses that if children were given the opportunity to play in groups that were not age selective, nor heavy on adult intervention, would develop naturally.
We no longer have large sibling groups so we cannot return to the days of older siblings mentoring younger ones but somehow we have to have a system where 7yr olds no longer feel that it is 'uncool' to play with 3yr olds.
Another mother of a six-year-old boy at the school said: 'I think it’s a fantastic idea.
'The informality has really helped kids to relax in the classroom and focus on learning.
'My son has been coming home speaking about his teacher called Tom.
'He found it quite imposing calling her teacher Mr or Mrs so this is much better.'