Good manners or ability to swim: Which?

What should kids be able to do by the time they start school?

With many parents waving their kids off back to school this week, parents of younger children may begin to wonder how ready their little one's are for the big milestone that is starting school.

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A recent study by Mumsnet and HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® revealed that (96%) of parents with a child aged 0-3 want their children to be polite and well-mannered in preparation for school, compared with (71%) wanting them to know how to swim.

Mums are aware of the importance of teaching their child to swim – although seven in 10 (68%) one to three year olds are yet to have a formal swimming lesson, 84% of 0-3 year olds have been swimming at least once.

Parents voted swimming (62%) to be more effective as a bonding activity over baby massage (24%), soft play (19%) and baby yoga (18%).

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