In a class of 30 that is 3 kids...
3 kids aged 4 / 5 years old..
These 3 kids go to bed at 7.00pm after having a story with their parent/s / 'caregiver/s' (How I hate that term!)
The other 27 do not get a story...which in itself is a tragedy for all sorts of reasons...however, in this day and age not an unusual statistic...... except, perhaps for this. The other 90% of kids ALL have a Tv and DVD player in their bedrooms. When they go to bed at between 7-8pm they can watch a film. (children's hopefully but no guarantees!) Most of the children said they would watch until the end...up to 2 hours...so a 9pm bedtime....some claimed that they always fell asleep watching a film...none of them said that their parents would give them a time limit nor come come and check they were asleep.
So, 4-5 years old and they are in charge of their own viewing, they are in charge of their own sleep time, they have no one at home reading to them because technology is expected to provide their 'entertainment'....and then they come to school tired and unable to concentrate where they are expected to learn...
This is a very mixed catchment, kids from all walks of life and yet this seems to have become some sort of a 'norm'....am I worried? Somewhat yes!