Unfortunately, this notion that the child belongs to school and school is the best place 5 days a week remains throughout their childhood and is getting more and more dominant and the laws and penalties to back it up all the more punitive.
Amber, you clearly did well to fight for what was best for your children in terms of reception attendance (nor not!) but sometimes there are other circumstances which, higher up the school, might make a more flexible approach beneficial for the child. This has become harder in recent years and is so very much at the total discretion of the head that there's no predicting what might happen to any particular individual striving to do the best for their child at any particular point in time.
I don't think there is a general rule depending on whether a child is summer born or not though. I think a more flexible approach to what is best for the child could be possible - without school having the last and only say. At the end of the day, no matter how brilliant a school or teacher is, there are a lot of parents who know their children a good deal better - and also we are in it for the long run - my children's teachers have, in general, taught my children for between 1 term and 1 year max.
Well put mystery, ++++1111
I would also add that I resent the way the whole of our education system is slanted towar mopping up that strata of children from families where childcare consists of tv and absolutely no learning or talking, such that at 2 the poor things are not able to string a sentence together and have lost all curiosity on life through a diet of tv. I don't believe forcing them into school is then isnt thing either, surely the secret lies with educating the parents for future generations, and getting rid of, what was it, surestart or whatever that educational and supportive child based facility was? But why should everything be pushed towards the disadvantaged end, or at least, why should our children be forced to go along with that, when it can do more harm than good to shove them onto formal education so early.
And while I'm at it, formal learning in NURSERY??? And the whole culture that makes you feel you are wrong to not have your child in nursery or you are doing them a disservice? Purleeeeeese!