Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

How Young Is Too Young

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

How Young Is Too Young

Article excerpt

THREE-YEAR-OLDS will attend classes at state primary schools as part of a Queensland-first trial to better prepare kids for "big school", but not all parents were keen on the idea.

Some of the QT's Facebook followers believed sending kids as young as three to a primary school was just "too early", regardless of the play-based nature of the program. The issue of formally preparing young children for school has divided experts and parents, but the State Government will spend $2.2 million next year to trial the early leg-up. Education Minister Grace Grace said the KindyLinQ pilot program would be trialled across 40 schools. One of the first schools to start the KindyLinQ program will be Camira State School in Ipswich.

Here's what our Facebook followers thought

Kirstie Fildes: What is this? A child is no where near emotionally, physically or socially ready to be attending formal schooling at 3. Many are not toilet trained fully at 3. Experts around the world agree that children learn best through play and at 3 children are not developmentally able to sit for long periods of time in a formal setting and we should not be expecting them too. This is just a dreadful idea all around and in the end the it will be detrimental to the child's development.

Brooke Tinka-Bell McEwan: Read the article. it's only 6 hours a week and it is play based learning so like kindy. it is also giving parents a break throughout the week. it is not proper school, and it is free.

Debbie Roberts: Such a bad idea. Let kids be kids. Way too much stress and pressure on little ones to "perform".

Chandese Watts: Completely dependent on the child and the family life at home as to if they would benefit, suit. Six hours a week is nothing.

This is a great idea really. It's basically a 3 year old kindy which some kindies currently offer. …

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