NZEI welcomes review of cohort entry

8 February, 2018

Starting school at four years old was never in a child’s best interest, says NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Educators are applauding a government announcement today that they were revisiting grouped (cohort) entry to school.

The previous government’s changes would have meant that children could start school at four years old.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Immediate Past President and Principal of Khandallah School Louise Green said that is was not in a child’s best interest to start school before they were five years old and that the pre-school education years were vital for a child’s learning and development.

“NZEI has never supported the introduction of cohort entry, as there is no evidence this would improve the school transition experience for children.”

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