It's a mystery why a government keen to direct in other spheres insists on protecting "parental preference" with regard to when children start school. It would be interesting to know which parents and teachers believe that formal schooling for four- and five-year-olds is a good thing. None that I know.
One is consoled by the certainty that the starting age will eventually be six. The weight of opinion, experience and good sense says so.
The tragedy is that young children will continue to suffer from too early a start to formal education while the government comes round to the sensible view.
A.J.Marsden, retired teacher, Ramsbottom, Lancashire.