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Meh. Over here, kids start state-subsidised preschool at 3, get sorted into school at 4 with reception class, which is essentially preschool inside the primary school frame (full day, uniform, etc), and start graded classes at 5, cutoff being 1 September. In Greece, it's infant school at 4-5 for one year, then primary school at 5-6 (cutoff is 1 April). Anything before then is daycare, and completely academic-free. In my understanding, infant school, preschool and kindergarten are interchangeable. In any and all of them, kids are encouraged to learn to recognise letters and numbers, but not really pushed (and in the British system, I suspect generally not pushed hard enough even later).