The UK education system has, for many years, leaned towards an earlier transition for children between pre-school and the start of primary school. There is much debate as to whether children as young as five should be introduced into formal education and moved away from learning through play.
However, international comparisons and psychological research of children’s development all suggest that starting school later on in life, perhaps seven-years-old, is only an advantage to children, especially in literacy.
The average age across Europe for children starting school is six-years-old, and many of these European countries enjoy higher levels of educational achievement. Finland, top of the leader board for educational achievement, send their children to school at the ripe age of seven-years-old.
There is no hard evidence to suggest that starting school earlier is more beneficial. In fact, there is more substantial evidence pointing towards the importance of learning through play in childhood, and the negative effects on numeracy and literacy by starting formal schooling too early.
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To read the full article by David Whitebread, visit: http://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-at-what-age-are-children-ready-for-school-29005