In the news: Delay formal lessons 'to age six'

by 21stcenturymummy on October 16, 2009

An article on today says “Children should not start formal learning until they are six, a review of primary education in England says.

Instead the kind of play-based learning featured in nurseries and reception classes should go on for another year, the Cambridge Primary Review says. There is no evidence that an early introduction to formal learning has any benefit, the review says, but there are suggestions it can do some harm…”

The full article is here

I have always believed four is too young to start a formal curriculum at school, and to go full time. I personally think delaying the start of school until they are six would be a fantastic idea (even five would better than the current age). It will put us in line with the most of Europe. My daughter goes to nursery two days a week, they do follow a curriculum but it is based around play. They paint, count, read and she loves it. I absolutely think it should continue until she’s older.

Oh, and I also don’t want to be away from her for five days a week :)

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