If we are going to have stricter rules around when children start school, we need to make sure it does not harm those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
One-quarter of children who start school aren’t developmentally ready. Play-based learning in the early years of school can help with the transition, as well as providing a host of other benefits.
Research has found one-quarter of children in NSW delayed school entry in 2009 and 2012, with the tendency to delay varying according to where families live and their socio-economic status.
With more parents opting for their child to start school later, it is now possible to have four and a half year olds learning alongside six year olds.
Changes to the admissions code will not solve the inherent unsuitability of expectations on children in the early years.
There’s no national school starting age in Australia, so how do you know when to send them to school?
New research shows that children who start school young are struggling to keep up with curriculum targets.