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ERIC Number: EJ815534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Ready for Reception? The Advantages and Disadvantages of Single-Point Entry to School
Rogers, Sue; Rose, Janet
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v27 n1 p47-63 Mar 2007
This paper arose out of a research brief undertaken for a UK local education authority that is currently considering the option of introducing a policy of single-point entry for Reception children. This increasing trend has particular significance in the light of dramatic changes in the early years sector, not least the proposals for a new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). It seems timely to revisit, again, the contentious issue of school starting age in the UK, notably the prevalence of 4-year-olds in Reception classes. The paper reviews much of the literature on school starting age, along with related research, and evaluates the findings in the light of the current context. It would seem that an early start to education does appear to be beneficial for young children, but the age at which they start may have potentially negative consequences if they are placed in an environment that is not suited to their developmental needs. The question is not so much "Are 4-year-olds ready for school?", but "Is the school ready for 4-year-olds?". (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom