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Let kids be kids petition

(13 Posts)
Penstemmon Mon 14-Apr-14 12:16:54

If you have not yet signed this take a look and hopefully you willl sign.

whenim64 Mon 14-Apr-14 12:47:09


mcem Mon 14-Apr-14 13:19:51

I wish you well with this but as a scot I don't feel it's my business really. Here we have one start date for our children. They start between 4.5 and 5.5 in August. 2 years of part-time nursery before that. Gove and Ofsted are alien to us, but I look on and sympathise!

Tegan Mon 14-Apr-14 13:20:56

Signed and forwarded.

Ariadne Mon 14-Apr-14 13:26:23

Already done it!

glassortwo Mon 14-Apr-14 13:30:11

Already signed.

ninathenana Mon 14-Apr-14 17:31:11

In England they can start p/t nursery at 3 which is not compulsory and then reception class at the same age as Scotland mcem the controversial part is what they are or are not allowed to teach them at that age.

mcem Mon 14-Apr-14 18:40:10

Having read of children starting school just after their 4th birthdays I'm horrified that they should start formal education so young or even younger. I always taught in upper primary - 10 to 11 year-olds -, but a friend recently transferred from nursery to early primary sector largely because her pre-school skills are in demand for P1 beginners. Very play-related but an early start on reading and writing (though no reading books going home in early days). My own DGS turned 5 in March and will start P1 in August. No pressure in nursery for formal skills but excellent emphasis on independence and social skills.
I hope the petition is successful.

whenim64 Mon 14-Apr-14 19:29:13

Don't get me started, mcem. It hasn't done my grandsons any favours, starting a few days after their 4th birthday. Far too young for getting into structured learning, they needed to play, socialise and sleep. Let them be.

MiceElf Mon 14-Apr-14 19:49:31

I signed some time ago. My DS and DiL recently went to GS's parents' evening at nursery. All they wanted to know was if he was a good boy, polite and sociable. The first things they were told was that he knew all his numbers and all his letters. He's three for goodness sake. It really doesn't matter and he's too young for all that.

ninathenana Mon 14-Apr-14 23:08:20

DGS is in reception class he has two reading books twice a week and homework!! Over the holidays he has had to make a model of his favourite bug. Of course at under 5 this has been mostly done by me, with as much help as he could manage.

Wrong on so many levels.

Lilygran Tue 15-Apr-14 17:05:28

Signed and posted on Facebook

trendygran Tue 15-Apr-14 22:24:37

mcem. I envy you! If only Gove WAS alien to those of us in England ----although he does tend to behave like one!