i just don't understand the rush to send kids to school. The main argument seems to be "they will be bored at home". Surely they can go to kinder? or childcare, or playgroup, or the library, or the pool, or the park, etc etc etc. I mean it takes more effort on our behalf to keep them stimulated, but surely thats do-able? Our dd started at 6, and yes, the last bit of the previous year she was very very ready, but we managed, and she is now so settled at school. I think every child should start full time school in the year they turn 6, be it jan or dec, unless they have significant delays. Then we wouldn't have all of this angst and worry and variations between states, it would be uniform.
DD is 1 day from the cut-off. I've already enrolled her in high school, and they said they usually advise parents to keep them back if they are that close to the cut-off date. Not so much for academic reasons but, as others have said, for social reasons.
I'd rather DD was the older one, and not trying to keep up with kids who could be almost a year older than her.
I don't want to repeat prep/ kindy, so we've thought about going travelling for the year that would be duplicated. I figure that would be a pretty great education for her too!
I was always one of the youngest in my year, and while I did well academically I definitely think I was immature compared to a lot of my peers. I felt a lot of pressure to drink/ have boyfriends at a young age, and I think being a little bit older can sometimes help you make more sensible decisions.
DS is doing a Qld Govt approved kindy program this year; while I feel he's doing well academically the emotional stuff might be a problem down the track. So I have his name on the waiting list to do a C&K kindy program for 2013; will decide later in the year what I'm going to do. Either way I do have to go for an enrolment interview with the school principal and get them to sign a form either way.
It was only a few years ago that Queensland kids could start preschool, the year they were turning 5 - so that may have been in December, so they were 4 for the whole year, only turning 5 at the very end.
It is a far better situation now, where all kids are already 5, or at the youngest, 4 and a half beginning prep.
The point of my post is to point out that kids are already older now starting prep, (than they used to be )- and in my opinion unless there is a significant problem, most kids are absolutely ready to start prep - I don't see the need for holding them back.
My 1st 2 children have end of year birthdays, and I did hold them back because it was customary then to send them to preschool the year they were turning 5. Both of my boys were already 5 when they started, and they have absolutely benefited from starting later than was the norm.
its such a hard decision isn't it? I agonised over when to start DD2 (VIC 3yo kindy), she's 6 weeks over the minimum cut off so it was a case of her being the oldest or the youngest. I decided I wanted her to be among the older children, and I was also concerned about her ability to follow instructions. She's socialoly ready to start, but she's still so impulsive and unable to remember instructions.
I think unless as PP mentioned a child has a tendency to try to dominate, its good to keep them on the older side of the class. If they are a bit shyer and retiring, i would give them the extra time at home.
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