New figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) have said that more than 4,000 children under five are skipping school every day, reports the Telegraph.
The most common reason for absence was illness, which was followed by term time holidays, leading some to argue that families are potentially damaging their children by letting them miss school.
“It is crucial that children are not missing out on valuable lessons that could leave them vulnerable to falling behind,” said Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
“The Government is committed to tackling the underlying causes of absenteeism, raising academic standards and ensuring every child can meet their potential, regardless of their background.”
The research, based on absence between September 2009 and April 2010 found that 0.68% of half day sessions were lost overall in primary school, which is big rise compared to 0.52% of sessions lost in 2006/7.
These figures added up to the equivalent of 22,741 children missing every school day.
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