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    Default NSW Kindergarten: Starting a 4.5 year old? Thoughts/opinions

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    Subbing. My DS birthday is 7th july, I think he will make the cut off? Ie i will have to make this decision one day too!

    I think if the child was ready id be inclined to send early

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    I think send her. If she struggles it really is no big deal to repeat for a year many kids do it.

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    Don't just focus on if she is academically ready as they learn so much in kinder more focus on whether you think she is socially ready for kinder girls tend to be more ready at this young age then boys my son will be 5 on the 12th may but I'm holding him back as I don't think his socially ready to start kinder. And the NSW cut of is the 30th June.

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    QLD the cut off is 30th June and DS2 is the last week of June. Techinically he can start next year too, Im holding him back after agonising over it for the last 12 months, talking to Teachers, Prinicipals, Preschool teachers. Many of the opinions that girls are socially advanced than boys and thus tend to thrive quicker than boys in learning, so if they are a girl send them, boys hold them back.
    I noticed even in DS1's class, hes in Grade 2, all the May/June babies are still struggling two years on, even sitting still is a challange and DS mentioned that quite a few are actually doing a lot of Grade 1 stuff in class to try and catch up. DS2's speech is a little lacking too, so Im using the extra year to focus on that.

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    Hold them back. They could be in a class with children turning 6 years old from January. Thats a really big difference. Repeating young children is not a great option, especially if its mainly for maturity and social reasons rather than academic.

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    NSW cutoff is 31st July.

    I don't see what the rush is. I don't think my daughter will be ready emotionally, socially or academically. She is 4 and born in May. She could go to school next year, but I'm a big believer in holding them back until they're older, even if they're showing other signs of being ready.

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    I'm surprised at the age differences! In Vic kinder is for 4 year olds and school is for 5 year olds. My daughter will be 3 and 11 months when starting kinder.

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    http://m.*******.com.au/back-to-scho...53+article.htm

    Interesting reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam88 View Post
    I'm surprised at the age differences! In Vic kinder is for 4 year olds and school is for 5 year olds. My daughter will be 3 and 11 months when starting kinder.
    Kindergarten in the first year of school in nsw


 

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