“When a child starts in the reception class of a primary school they can be as young as four years and one day old, a whole year younger than the statutory school starting age, and two or three years younger than the school starting age in all other European countries with the exception of Malta,” he said.
Gosh this makes me so fed up.
Why are uk governments so obsessed with separating kids from parents during the day, to the extent they are paying even wealthy couples thousands of pounds a year to send their kids to day care just so long as both parents work full time and neither, perish the thought, is bringing up their own offspring full time.
At least this ruling allows some flexibility, so long as people will still be allowed to start their summer child directly into year one if they so wish as well.
Whatever choices people make about childcare are there own, but the whole government is following this blinkered view and program of 1. Getting all adults mum and dad back to work as soon as possible and 2. Constantly hoovering up all children in an attempt to capture those from the lowest and most disadvantaged groups.
It makes me so mad, especially when nurseries looked down their nose at us for daring to only ask for one day per week and implying our children would be poorly socialised. But woe betide if I'd ever dared suggest that those in full time nursery might also suffer (not saying they do, just that any knocking of stay at home parenting is ok, but any knocking of full time working is not).
And my boys were 4 and 2 weeks and I had no luck in delaying their entry. To this day I feel that whilst academically fine, emotionally I think they could have done with another year at home.