Reception class is aimed primarily at 5 year olds.(1)
Compulsory school age is the beginning of the term following a child’s fifth birthday.(2)
The law stipulates that education be suitable to a child’s age, ability and aptitude.(3)
Everybody has the right to an effective education.(4)
Yet parents of 4-year-old children who have not reached emotional, social or academic maturity and readiness for school are being forced to enrol their child a whole year earlier or have their child’s education entitlement reduced by one year with obligatory entrance into Year 1.
This is NOT in the best interests of the child and the current ‘system’ needs to change.
(1) Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998
(2) Section 8 of Education Act 1996
(3) Section 7 of Education Act 1996
(4) Human Rights Act 1998
Pauline M Hull