Babies born prematurely are more likely to struggle at school but delaying school entry may not be the answer, a study has found.
The study, led by Professor Dieter Wolke at the University of Warwick, found that children born before 34 weeks gestation are more likely to have cognitive problems and learning difficulties compared to children born at term.
However the report, launched today, suggests that preterm children may benefit from starting school at the normal age, so long as they receive additional support in the classroom.
Dr Samantha Johnson from the University of Leicester’s Department of Health Sciences and The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies (TIMMS) group, who helped produce the report, said:
The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, conducted a survey of education professionals’ knowledge and information needs relating to the education of children born preterm.
Professor Wolke added: