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20 April 2016, 08:13
Brighton and Hove City Council is defending a decision to write to parents asking which gender their three and four-year-olds most identify with.
It has been criticised by some people.
The request was sent out in letters earlier this week which confirmed primary school places for new starters in September.
As well as the usual male/female tickbox, the form encourages mums and dads to support their child to choose the gender they most identify with - and leave the box blank if necessary. With the wording:
*we recognise that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may
identify as a gender other than male or female however the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as
male or female. Please support your child to choose they gender they most identify with or if they have another
gender identity please leave this blank and discuss this with your child’s school.
The wording of the letter is now being looked at.
But the leader of the council's tweeted to say, if it helps even one child to be themselves or tackle bullying, it's worth it.