Sorry, I'm not a teacher. I'm just a confused Mum whose daughter is in the preschool of the school where she will start Reception. She's just turned four and we had the choice to start her September or January. At the urging of the Head (and to be honest because it was more convenient for us) we opted for Jan. But now she's one of a group of just four children in the January cohort and I'm really concerned about her reading. I hadn't really bargained on her being so obsessed by reading at home in the last term.She now decodes CVC words, and can work her way fairly laboriously through Songbirds books in purple and green (cheap from the Book People!). They do some rudimentary phonics in preschool, but don't read with them individually. The teachers had not noticed she could decode and blend until I pointed it out.They probably now hate me for being a pushy mummy - but my daughter was so proud when one of the teachers then went through a book with her - it was the first time they had done it. Then my daughter got chicken pox until the end of term, so that was that, really. The kids who start in Sept will have individual reading three times a week while my daughter has none. She will also miss out on the first term of phonics, and no-one has explained what they will do with the tiny number of Jan starters when it comes to catching them up. I now feel I should have opted for September against the Head's advice, just like everyone else did (and she has given me the opportunity to do so, but I would have to arrange all my childcare again). What can I do to make sure my daughter doesn't slip through the net? I'd stress that my daughter can: sit still, put own coat on, wipe bottom, recognise name, change her own clothes, etc etc.. I was just taking generic advice from the Head about summer-borns and school start dates, it wasn't specific to her. If anyone can help me I would be grateful. And I will rearrange all the childcare if that is my only option. At the moment, the whole thing is just baffling to me. It's so long since I was at school, and all so different that I can't work out what to do. This is a Good school (with Outstanding Features, no less) in Inner London, if that makes any differenc. It also doesn't have split year classes (any more.