Thousands of children ‘not ready for school’ at five

The Telegraph reports that up to half of five-year-olds are not ready for school as working parents increasingly abandon traditional games, nursery rhymes, bedtime stories and lullabies.

An interview with child development expert, Sally Goddard Blythe supports many of the findings from a recent Ofsted report which found growing numbers of school children were diagnosed as having special education needs when they were in fact ‘no different’ to other pupils.

Goddard Blythe highlights points to the growth in numbers of parents using electronic toys, automatic baby walkers and rocking chairs to keep toddlers occupied and stresses that these labour saving devices can impair a child’s natural development. She also notes that the rise in use of electronic media is no substitute for communication between parents and babies or children which allows the child to engage in social interaction and listening and the opportunity to learn to take turns when it comes to communication.

She told the Telegraph that some children are disadvantaged for medical reasons or a difficult birth but others are “held back for entirely preventable social and cultural reasons” and feels that a return to old fashioned one-to-one interaction between parents and children could overcome early development problems and suggests that singing lullabies and using music gets a baby ready for language at a young age, whilst reading fairy tales can teach children moral behaviour and empathy.

Read full interview in The Telegraph

Nicki, Business Director

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