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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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  • YES! This needs to be done, there is too big an age gap between children and it does create issues for parents, teachers and children. How do you expect an 11 year old and 13 year old to be into the same things when they start high school? We are just making our children grow up too fast and they are missing out on their childhood. I really hope this comes into effect soon.

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  • I dunno, I don’t think it’s that confusing

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  • Yes, I completely agree that the starting age should be Australia wide. It’s way too confusing as it is at the moment

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  • I think children should be assessed at the age of 4.5 to see whether they are at the correct aptitude level to enter the school environment. Some children are very bright and can commence their primary education sooner so they should not be left behind.

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