Unlike the USA, most children in England go to nursery at the age of three or four before starting school in the September following their fourth birthday. Legally they have to be in full-time education by the term after their fifth birthday.
MP Baroness Sally Morgan believes that this ‘big, bold, brave’ move of schooling two-year-old children is needed to tackle the under-achievement of under-fives from the poorest areas across the country. 'Weak parenting, low educational attainment of parents, poor diet, poor housing and so on—the gap between affluent and disadvantaged is greatest in that group.’
Children are our future, but so many people are exploiting their innocence for their own ends. Pornography and sport fighting have gained the spotlight recently.
A Dutch organization for children's rights created a computer-generated 10-year-old girl Filipino girl named 'Sweetie' to entice them to ask for child porn. The Dutch chapter of the group Terre des Hommes then posed as her on internet chat rooms to conduct a sting operation to unmask webcam child-sex tourists. They were quickly approached by more than 20,000 predators from 71 countries, and yesterday, they gave the identities of 1,000 to Interpol.
And a final story about separation comes from China, where thousands of parents are sending children as young as three away to boarding school. Despite China's one child policy, there are boarding kindergartens in Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities. While no official figures are available, it's estimated that the number of boarding toddlers runs into thousands nationwide. In traditional Chinese culture many grandparents live with the family, and sometimes there are four grandparents, two parents and just one child in a home. In a culture where family pride depends overwhelmingly on a child's success or failure, some parents worry that the grandparents will spoil the child. However, many kindergarten's are closing as Chinese parents are now starting to realize that it's important to spend more time with their kids when they are very young, because they are learning and it's a very important stage of growth.