Play and the age start to formal education in schools have seen to be a highly complicated and a very problematic issue around the world. I found play was hard to define by many experts and published authors, as Tina Bruce described play as a 'political issue'. She stated, 'There are those who think it has no place in a child's education and there are those who believe it must have a central place. This debate has gone on for 200 years' (2006, p.468).Recently UK based experts in the field of primary education; the authors of the Cambridge review have laid their cards on the table and advised 'formal teaching of the three R's should not take place before six.' However others, notably Education Minister Ed Balls advocate on an earlier start. The Cambridge Primary review says, there is no evidence that an early introduction to formal learning has any benefit. In fact, research suggests 'too formal too soon can be dangerous counterproductive.' Children in early education are encouraged to learn through play by socially interacting with other children and adults in a range of activities.