French children will start school at the age of three instead of six from September 2019 says French President Macron. This only affects a small set of children, since most parents already send their children to school at the age of 3.

Macron believes this would reduce inequalities as poorer parents and families in overseas territories are not likely to send their children to school at an early age.  six is the standard starting age for school in Germany, Italy, and Spain.

The European Commision says children in Latvia and Sweden the starting school is at the age of seven. In Hungary school is compulsory at 3. Children should join in school at the age of 4 in Switzerland and it is 7 in Sweden.

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The age of European children to start schooling

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French children will start school at the age of three instead of six from September 2019 says French President Macron. This only affects a small set of children, since most parents already send their children to school at the age of 3.

Macron believes this would reduce inequalities as poorer parents and families in overseas territories are not likely to send their children to school at an early age. six is the standard starting age for school in Germany, Italy, and Spain.

The European Commision says children in Latvia and Sweden the starting school is at the age of seven. In Hungary school is compulsory at 3. Children should join in school at the age of 4 in Switzerland and it is 7 in Sweden.

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/13378/when-do-children-start-school-in-europe/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

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