More than 1,700 parents from
across the country have also revealed their hopes and aspirations for
their children during the first year of school or pre-school on Noddy.com.
Respect emerged highest on the agenda,
with the majority of parents (34%) saying the most important step to
prepare children for school was to teach them to respect others.
Following closely behind was teaching them to make friends with 23% of
parents choosing this as a required skill.
At the other end of the scale, just 10% of parents thought toilet training
their children was important and only 6% said they would be teaching their
children to write their own name.
Parents were also asked what they most want their children to gain from
their first year of school. Happiness emerged as parents’ greatest wish
with 45% saying they most wanted their
children to be happy, settle
in, and have fun during their first year at school. This
compares with 17% of parents, who felt that their child’s academic
achievements were more important.
‘Learning discipline’ was rated lowest, with just 5% of parents
considering this to be the most important thing for their child to gain in
their first year.
The research also showed that parents in
Wales are more likely to teach
their children respect than anywhere else in the country (62%) but also
more likely to prepare their children for pre-school with toilet training
(25%). Meanwhile, the East of England
is the region most likely to want their children to be top of
class with 40% of parents thinking this, and parents in the
North East of England are more
likely than anywhere else to want their children to be happy and have fun,
with 52% saying this is their priority.