It’s not enough that summer born are now ‘expected‘ to start school early, in the term following their 4th birthday rather than at compulsory school age, but now parents are being told their child must cease their nursery education early – in the middle of the summer term when their child is still only 3 – in order to start school even earlier.
The letter above was sent to a parent from an Academy school in Northumberland, in which the head teacher writes,
“Transition in to Reception class begins on Monday June 30th… We strongly recommend that you allow your child to begin our school on this date. This will mean that your child will probably have to end their attendance at their current Nursery on Friday 27th June. Attending our school for three weeks before the long summer break will allow your child to form relationships with other children, adults and become familiar with the classroom environment and the rules and routines that they will have to follow on a daily basis.”
It continues: “Your child can stay for a hot meal for £2.10 per day or you can provide a packed lunch. there are no free school meals until September.”
For this particular working parent, aside from the obvious concerns about enrolling her late July summer born child in school at age 3, this means her son will stop nursery for three weeks, go back into nursery over the summer months while his parents continue working, and the return to school again in September.
Is ANYONE able to consider what is in the best interests of our children any more, or is it all about getting a head start on ‘education‘ and ‘learning‘ in order to hit top-down targets set for pupils, teachers and schools?