11 November 2014 | General Interest
Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) figures show that around one in five children starting school are not prepared socially or emotionally for the school environment.
The figures show up to 27,000 children are not school-ready when they commence, with 9 percent of children lacking in social skills and self-confidence, and nearly 8 percent suffering anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity and unhappiness.
‘We know that one in five Australian children were found to be developmentally not ready for school in the last Census. This means that they lacked the social, emotional, language or communication skills to cope.’ says Benevolent Society Director of Professional Practice, Greg Antcliff.
For more information and to access current AEDC figures, visit the AEDC website.