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People in Nottingham think children should start school at five

People in Nottingham think children should start school at five Credit: PA

Two thirds of people in Nottingham believe that children should be ready to start school at the age of five, according to a poll from Action for Children.

4,000 adults across the UK were surveyed, including 199 in Nottingham.

It found that most people agree that a good level of emotional, behavioural and physical development by age five is associated with success in education.

The research marks the launch of ‘Fair by Five’, a campaign calling on the Government to make child development a national priority.

Laurie Long, operational director at Action for Children, said:

What happens in the earliest years affects our later lives. If a child starts school behind their peers, without having reached a good level of development, they are likely to stay behind – which can seriously impact their ability to do well in education and employment throughout life.

We know that two in five children who live in the most deprived communities, arrive at school not ready to learn.

There has never been a more important time to focus on tomorrow’s adults. We can’t afford to let down thousands of children who could and should be getting a better start in life. We need the Government, and all political parties, to commit to doing more for this group. It’s time to close the gap in child development.

– Laurie Long