Stanford, June 29: Parents, if you’re planning to enroll your child into school early, think twice. Starting school early could have a negative impact on child’s well-being. A study, led by the Stanford University which investigated more than 2,000 children across 80 primary schools in US, has found that children who are younger than their peers when they start school are more likely to develop poorer mental health.
A study has found kids whose parents waited to enroll them in kindergarten by age 6 (instead of 5) had measurably better scores on tests of self-control by the time they were 7 and 11.
The investigators Thomas Dee and Hans Henrik Sievertsen used the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) study to collect their data. The DNBC included responses from 54,241 parents on measures of mental health when their kids were 7 years old and 35,902 responses when the kids were 11.
Dee and Sievertsen found kids who started kindergarten a year later than average students had 73% better scores on tests of their hyperactivity and inattention four years later. "We were a bit surprised at how persistent the effect was," said Sievertsen.