How long is too long? | Try-hard Teacher

A recent conversation thread in a Facebook group got me thinking…. how long is too long?
3 year-old ‘Little Sally’ was being required to sit at carpet time for 20 mins and was struggling.This created a hubbub amongst the group’s members (mainly Early Years practitioners) regarding how long we expect children to sit on the carpet for and if this is best practice.  

Is it ever ok to demand children sit on a carpet for longer than most adults could? Can children really concentrate for up to 20 minute never mind sit still for that long? 
I don’t know about you, but I’m a fidgeter and as a KS1…

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