TOO YOUNG FOR SCHOOL: Isabelle playing at home.
TOO YOUNG FOR SCHOOL: Isabelle playing at home.

Early start faces backlash from parents

THE government's new $2.2 million plan to introduce 3-year-olds to "big school" has been met with criticism by parents.

Local photographer and mother of two, Johanna Zolg, is originally from Germany and believes the starting age for school is already too young.

"Kids in Australia start too early, my son will be starting Prep in 2021, but in Germany it would be September 2022, that's 1.5 years, a big difference when you're young," she said.

Ms Zolg's daughter is in Prep at St Mary's Primary School where she thinks the school day is too long.

"She gets tired, I don't know why they don't come home at lunchtime like in Germany, where they can spend the afternoon playing, that's where young kids learn."

The program is said to have major benefits but Ms Zolg thinks it will make school less enjoyable.

"Kids are ready at different times, if they are forced into school when they're not ready, they will resent it for the rest of their lives."

KindyLinQ would require parental supervision, making it difficult for working parents.

"If you have that time off work, why would you not have them at home where they are comfortable?" she said.



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