It’s time to end the confusion on when kids should start school!
In NSW children can start school at four-and-a-half-years, however in Tasmania children have to be five years and one month before they can begin.
“The Australian Childcare Alliance is calling for a nationally coordinated approach to educational policy so that a uniform minimum age applies to students starting school, at an age childhood experts agree is a reasonable base level”, reports Paul Mondo, the national president of the Australian Childcare Alliance.
“Taking the onus off parents. It would also empower teachers to more successfully tailor lessons to a wider group of students within a smaller age band.
“Delaying school entry creates an age gap – sometimes up to two years among the children in their first year. This gap persists throughout their schooling life, which has implications for teachers in engaging students with vastly different cognitive and social skills.
“The absence of a nationally consistent school starting age means that funding and programs for the two years before school do not go far enough because they have to cover such wide variances in age and development milestones”, reports SMH.
“A national requirement that states children must be at least five years of age by January 1 in their first year of formal schooling would help narrow the age discrepancy in prep classes and set up students for strong educational outcomes”, says Paul.
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