Much too young
Forty per cent of children struggle to write their own name or to sound out letters to form simple words such as “dog” or “red” by the age of 5, government figures show....
Around £21 billion has been invested in a series of initiatives but the latest results for schools in England show little improvement in children’s language and literacy and personal, social and emotional development.
The findings raise serious questions about the effectiveness of flagship government schemes such as Sure Start to boost the development of the under-5s, although some critics point out that in many countries children are not expected to start to read or write until they are 7.
Quite. Children start school far too young, most are simply not ready for it, but the schools bully parents to send them to keep their numbers up, and other parents want free daytime childcare so they want to send the kids. But the if the little tots are too young then there is no point to it. All they learn is what is officially called "institutionalisation" - they pavlovianly learn to obey the system.