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    As a teacher you can always pick the young ones, even when I have them in years 9 & 10- they do struggle socially & emotionally & often academically too. I would give my child the extra year to grow socially & emotionally as this is harder to overcome than any academic issues.

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    But now comes the question... Is 6 already by the time they start too old? My son is a November boy and he'll be 6 and 2 months if we kept him back.
    2nd question.. Can you even keep your child back in Qld? I keep hearing contradictory things..
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    Not to take over the thread OP.. But thanks to Thunderstorm! I've been so worried about my son who would be 6 tuning 7 (at the end of prep) if he repeated kindy.. I didn't know if anyone else ever kept the "older" kids back also.. All I've ever read is from parents of 4.5 year olds (and I completely understand their concern).
    My son is very immature for his age, has speech and motor delays and is a quirky kid... I REALLY worry he'll be bullied because if all this. I think in his case giving him an extra year could be an advantage....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderstorm View Post
    You wont regret holding him back ! My step-son had speech delays too that was part of the reason for holding back.

    And he isn't the only one at the school that is a little bit older than the rest he has 2 others that were 6 when they started and looking at them all in a group you cant tell at all which ones are older, the ones that stand out are the teeny tiny ones that look too small for school.

    In my 10yr olds grade most of them are 10 but there are a few who are 9 and a few who are 11 aswell.

    Can I ask.. You say he repeated kindy.. But then did he go into prep or year 1? I've heard some people say that if you keep them back they have to go straight into year one.. Which completely defeats the whole purpose I think.
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    I started school web I was 4 (kindergarten in NSW) and I wish my parents had waited a year. Starting school that early, I started high school when I was 11 and was in uni at 17.

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    I have had to make that choice with 3 kids so far. I decided to hold them back so they are older.
    I'm very happy with my decision. Only 1 kid is in school so far and she is doing brilliantly. So much more mature than she was a year ago and academically she is way ahead which gives her a big confidence boost.
    Hold him back, you won't regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnockKnockPenny View Post
    I started school web I was 4 (kindergarten in NSW) and I wish my parents had waited a year. Starting school that early, I started high school when I was 11 and was in uni at 17.

    Same. Except different state. I was usually top academically, but I really suffered emotionally in years 11 and 12 and going into uni. *just* held on until I dropped out mid year at uni. Took a gap year and returned the year I was 19. It really made a huge difference and I wish I had been a little older all through school.

    DH and I are discussing this currently about DD1. She started 4 year old kindy at 3 (birthday in april), did a term before we moved and is now on a waiting list for next semester because there are no places in our new area, but I am wondering if I should start her next year instead.

    I talked to her last kindy teacher about it, and she said different teachers think different things, but she advises to keep them back and have them be older. DD was one of the top in her kindy intellectually, knows how to write her name, count to 20, knows all of her colours, can play with peers and alone, do craft fine etc. However there was a big difference with her emotionally, compared to her peers. I did notice it when I helped out for a day and DH and I spotted it straight away when watching their Easter day concert and hunt. You could tell DD was anxious, and she watched her peers constantly to see and make sure she was doing "it right". So while she was following all instructions and being very well behaved, I think she was struggling on the inside to keep up and feel happy.
    The teacher explained that there is natural intelligence, which can mean that academically you might be keeping up with your peers, but then you need the emotional capacity to work out how everything works in order for your intelligence to be working at its full capacity. She said it was a tough one, because DD could be fine, or she could do better starting school a year later, so it is up to us.

    Apparently it is better to be more mature overall. Even for a child who seems mature. My inlaws think we are crazy for even thinking about holding her back for the next year, becuase she seems mature and well behaved on the outside and I guess they don't see her often enough to see her anxious side.


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    I was held back and was usually the oldest in my class. I did very well academically. I have other siblings who started earlier and others who mum also held back, it generally depended how ditzy we were (and I was a very dreamy child!). I think it was better for me to start later


 

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