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    Default Repeating Kinder in Victoria

    Hi

    Ds1 is set to commence kinder in 2013, just shy of his 4th birthday.

    I would like ds to have 2 years of kinder.

    If you have initiated the idea that your child repeat kinder, what was involved? Was it a difficult thing to achieve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimTamsandTea View Post
    Hi

    Ds1 is set to commence kinder in 2013, just shy of his 4th birthday.

    I would like ds to have 2 years of kinder.

    If you have initiated the idea that your child repeat kinder, what was involved? Was it a difficult thing to achieve?

    TIA
    I guess if he passes everything and can therefore move up to year 1, might be hard to convince the school he should repeat

    Just curious.. Why?

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    Kinder is different in victoria

    So he will start just before he turns four? And if he does two years, he will turn six early in the beginning of prep?

    I think it depends on the primary school more so than the kinder.. if they are happy to have an older prep (most don't start turning 6 til about May-ish) then you won't have a problem. Especially if his kinder teacher recommends that he stay down another year due to be unprepared (either socially or educationally) for school.

    However... if your kinder is hard to get in to (high demand for spots), your DS is socially and educationally fine to start school etc.. I really do think you will have trouble repeating him...

    There are a lot of variables in this situation.. I think only time will tell!

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    Unless you have a very good reason its unlikely you will find a kinder that we take a child for two years.
    Can i ask why you would like your child in kinder for two years?

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    If the Kinder teacher recommends that he would benefit from another year (in 4 yo kinder) then they are happy to do that. The only thing is I am pretty sure the second year of 4 yo kinder is not subsidised. I dont know if the teacher has to agree to repeat another year or not or you can just say that he want him to repeat another year.

    Have you thought about having him in 3 yo kinder? It helps with the transition so it not a big step from staying at home and to 4 yo kinder.

    Only thing I can suggest is ringing your local council and chat to them about it.

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    The following link has information about Kinder in Victoria. The link on 'Starting Kinder - When is the right time?' is useful. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/earl...boutkinder.htm

    My DD is a February baby and I intend for her to start school the year she turns six, although with age cut offs she could start the year before. I'm hoping she'll do 3 yo kinder the year she turns 4 and 4 yo kinder the following year. I agree with PP about talking to the council about it or approach your local kinder.

    I'm a Prep teacher in Victoria and from my experience, if your child was to turn 5 in their Prep year, many parents make the decision to start school a year later when THEIR child is socially, emotionally and/or academically ready. As a parent, that is ultimately your decision and your kinder teacher will give you input as well as to their school readiness.

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    Don't do it. Send him to 3yo kinder (a mis-nomer in my book) next year and 4yo kinder in the year he turns 5.

    My ds turned 5 in January and he's doing his 2nd year of 4yo kinder this year. I didn't realise he would need 2 years and if I had I never would have sent him last year. It was SO hard with his peers (all but 1) going onto school this year and with all the talk about school at the end of the year. And with well meaning strangers asking him 'So, are you in kinder?', then saying 'Oh, so you're going to school next year aren't you excited?', etc. It was seriously painful. Then, going back this year for the 2nd year (albeit with the different teacher in the same centre) was hard cause it's attached to a school and his peers from last year were playing in the playground next to the kinder and the kids call out back & forth. I, personally found it very difficult.

    Do I regret the decision for him to start school at 6, no, not at all. My only regret is that I didn't send him to 3yo last year and 4yo this year. I've done heaps of reading and I think that, especially for boys, starting school at close to 6 in Victoria is a great idea.

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    Thanks for all the replies ladies.
    Perhaps sending him to 3 year old kindy next year and school the year he turns 6 is a better option than trying to convince the kinder that he should repeat.
    loveabub - thank you for the website.


 

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