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    Default Starting school early or later?

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    Just wanting to know mums opinions on when they started their kids and why.

    My baby will start school at age 4 and will have her 5th b'day in June.

    After discussing with a few mums im amazed to see how many would hold them back till the following year for fear that they aren't ready.

    My argument to this is, well if she isn't 'ready' the worse case scenario is that she repeats kindy. Which I really dont care! Its kindy!

    I would rather her get a head start in school.

    I really dont see the big deal with this?

    Opinions please??

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    I think it's more a point of them not being emotionally ready iykwim ? Does your child go to kindy ? What do they think ?
    For myself, I sent dd when she was 4 but turned 5 a few weeks after school started and she was fine but for ds he started when he was 5 and is just about to turn 6. I guess it really depends on the child

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    It's important for my kids to be emotionally ready, my boys are born in Sep and Nov I knew DS1 was not ready until this year and DS2 was sure not ready for anything outside the home until now, he will be going to day care 2 days a week as soon as I get his paperwork together.

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    Personally I started my son the year he turned four. His school is an indigenous status school so I'm not sure if its different but It encourages children to enrol at the earlier age to begin socialising and getting used to the school structure.
    They assess early in the year and get any referrals done which has been great but also its just a great chance for them to have fun and make friends. Ds has absolutely loved it and is learning a lit without even realising lol. I'm happy for him to repeat Lundy if needed also. His school is very laid back and has a great attitude though,I wouldn't send him to a kindy where they wouldn't let the parents stay in the classroom or where they made a fuss if the child couldn't count yet etc as some schools are pretty strict right from the beginning
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    June is a tough month- each child is different. I would be listening to her preschool teacher and they will give you a good idea if she is ready or not. Being socially ready is the most important thing (children are expected to be mature enough to be disciplined, listen to the teacher, interact well with other children, and so on). You mentioned that it is only kindy- my DS1 has just started school and the amount of work required is quite alot- reading, maths etc. Starting school is a major event for a child- I am not sure repeating kindy would be desireable as all her friends and peers would have moved on and she may feel left behind. Peer groups form very early for girls. Good luck

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    I think it depends on the individual child. Some are ready earlier then others. Simple as that.

    My DD has to wait to start Prep till next year. She will be 5 in October, and i believe that she was more than ready at the start of this year.
    But because she was born after July 1 she has to wait for the following year.

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    It's true that some kids may not be happy to repeat kindy. I should add my sons school has less than 100 kids and most classes are split so we haven't got that concern about leaving friends behind. Someone mentioned the workload also. I think that greatly depends on the school and the teacher also. Something to look into.

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    Repeating can have a negative affect on a child. For one they make friends that year, and then their friends move on, and they are left behind. This can lead to feelings of confusion and failure and cause unecessary stress when it comes to learning in the future.

    My bug is born in june, he def wont be starting until he is 5.5 yrs, id rather him more emotionally mature.

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    I disagree completely. I repeated kindy and was thrilled. And I did really well in school. I think staying back at an older age or
    Finding school boring because you are bigger and more grown up than the other kids is worse
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    Repeating can have a negative affect on a child. For one they make friends that year, and then their friends move on, and they are left behind. This can lead to feelings of confusion and failure and cause unecessary stress when it comes to learning in the future.

    My bug is born in june, he def wont be starting until he is 5.5 yrs, id rather him more emotionally mature.
    Same here. My ds2 is a June bub and can start next yr but Im 90% sure Im holding him back till hes 5.5. Hes not mature enough lol!! The preschool teacher is as useful as tits on a bull so Im having the school help with pur decision. Preschool teacher reckons repeating Prep if neccessary wouldnt so any harm... Hmmmm..... Im not convinced on that one lol. He wont know anyone from day 1, make friends and then watch them all go up and be left behind? No thanks!!

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