No regrets at all; other than the fact that our country persists in such a short-sighted and ill-informed practice of sending children to school just out of nappies.
Steady on Amber !!!! very interesting post but obviously based on your experience
Children vary - DS was aiming to be prime minister at 3 (and managed fine in the nursery at a small private primary), he like the structure and "dressing up like going to work". .....it suited him, however not going to be PM now ... too political aiming for Sir Humphrey instead
No Herman, I am unshakeable in my belief that we have got it wrong. It is not just based on my own experience, but on living in Scandinavia and studying with a Scandinavian pedagogue; as well as supporting doctoral research on EY education. Pretty much all respected research, worldwide, into child development, shows that children should not be exposed to formal learning before they are 6 or 7. The previous government even commissioned its own report, The Cambridge Review into Education, which published its findings last year after 3 years of research by 1000 academics. The results were suppressed within one day, dismissed by Ed Balls as 'out of date". The main recommendation? That children should start school at 7.
Children do indeed vary, but would anyone argue that Swedish children are genetically any different from our own in terms of IQ? They manage on play based learning till 7; then school for half days till 11. By 10, they outperform our own on all meaningful measures of academic achievement.