Deciding on when to start your child at school is a massive decision. But one you no longer need to make if you want your child to go to this school.
From 2019, this private school in Sydney will only accept boys who turn five by January 31, the beginning of the school year.
“We looked carefully at international research, and it consistently shows there is no advantage to children starting ‘formal’ lessons before they are five,” said the headmaster of Newington, Dr David Mulford.
“Rather, there is much evidence that suggests educational play … has much more beneficial outcomes. It encourages curiosity, self-direction and the sheer enjoyment of finding out more about whatever might catch the child’s interest.”
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“By ensuring boys are five-years-old when they start at our prep school, we know they have developed sufficient social skills and emotional resilience to thrive in a broad, interesting, stimulating learning environment.”
In NSW’s public school system, a child can begin kindy if they turn five before July 31.
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