The Prime Minister was quoted in the Daily Mail yesterday talking about how a good early years experience can have “the best chance of transforming a child’s life“.
However, the Summer Born Campaign is very troubled by talk of “services targeted at getting children school-ready by age 4” when legally, no child needs to be in education before the term following their 5th birthday.
It reinforces an entrenched culture that this is what ‘should‘ happen with every child, even if David Cameron’s intentions are good. He is also reported to have said, “Believe me, with a four-year-old with a birthday in August, I know just how challenging that can be as people come up to that September deadline.”
I wondered when I read this, ‘is it possible that even the country’s leader and his wife may be among the many parents who are simply not aware that their summer born child doesn’t have to commence their education in the term following their 4th birthday – but actually up to a whole year later?‘ I wonder did they actively choose to enrol their daughter Florence at age 4 or not?
Or if they did know, did they also perhaps share the concerns of other parents that their child might be made to miss Reception class or any other year in school later on – especially since a number of London admission authorities have now warned parents of this?
- Following the article, Tony Harbron at schoolsimprovement.net opened up the discussion to readers today, asking:
“Are you encouraged by the apparent recognition from the prime minister of the issues faced by summer born children starting school?
Or, like Rosie Dutton, are you concerned by the idea that the solution is to do more to get four-year-olds ready for school?
Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…“