A new report shows that more that one fifth of all Australian children are not ready to commence school.

The report commissioned by the federal government, is part of the triennial snapshot of 300,000 children in their first full-time year of school.

The findings show that more than one in five children in Australia aren’t socially, emotionally or academically ready for school.  Although the findings also show that in general, girls are better prepared than boys.

28 per cent of boys are considered ‘developmentally vulnerable’, compared to a drop of this criteria applying to 15 per cent of girls.

The report demonstrated that nearly 85 per cent of all children are achieving language and cognitive skill targets within the system.

Highlighted within the report is the finding that Aboriginal children are almost two-and-a-half times more likely to be socially, emotionally or academically vulnerable than their peers – but this trend is declining steadily.

The Australian Education Union says the report highlights the need for Gonski funding to support the already stretched education system.

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  • yeah i would like more statistic info before i comment


  • Some of it has resulted from there being only one yearly intake instead of two.
    In many cases a student starts school 2 or 3 months before their 5th birthday and some struggle, otherwise they are nearly 6 before they start school and are bored. The longer they are at kindergarten the more they learn. They don’t hold back a child’s development and their desire to learn to start to read, count etc. Many know how to count before the age of 4,(I know one that can count to thirty as he kept asking what the next number was) spell some easy words, even remember the titles of books and first 3 or 4 pages of books such as little Golden Books.


  • Coming from the UK, my eldest started kindy at 3 which is the starting age for school and I have definitely noticed a difference between the developmental stages with my youngest. Both of my children have been ready to go to school and have more structure by age 3 and I feel that more could be done to prepare children for the move to school. It’s great to see child care centres have to employ a teacher for the preschool children and follow a set curriculum.


  • Kindergarten is fantastic… It helps the children get into a school like routine but it is age appropriate! Also learning at home is so important… Spend time with your kids, learning (and teaching) can be so much fun!!


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  • Pre-schools do a great job at getting children ready for school. Perhaps their curriculum could be modified to focus on areas where young children are struggling.


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