Hi there...I'm just new to these forums....but heaps of great information out there.
Basically I'm after opinions from other parents in my situation, or from childcare workers, teachers, etc...
My son was born at the end of May so technically he's eligible to start prep next year...as a 4.5 yo. I've been going back and forth on whether or not to send him next year, or wait until 2014 when he will be 5.5. My fear is that being so young, he may struggle and that may set the course for his 13 years in school.
Physically he is ready to go, and quite large for his size. He plays well with other kids and enjoys going to daycare. My concerns are that being so young, he might not be quite mature enough to handle school 5 days a week. He is quite active and struggles to sit still for long and can be quite shy around other adults. From what I have observed in daycare, he is not one of the kids eager to put his hands up to answer questions. I guess I feel like compared to the other kids in his group he is not quite as socially mature yet. He only goes one day a week, and if we decide to let him go another year will increase his days.
I have spoken to his school and they say it is our choice to whether we send him this coming year or wait until the year after. We've been asked to come in to an orientation so they can get to know him a bit and access if he is ready. I will also be speaking to his caters at daycare to see what they think before we make any decisions.
Still in my gut I feel that for my son, sending him to school at 4.5 is just too early. Is there anyone out there that waited to send their child off that can offer me their experience? I have been told my several people that I can send him and if he struggles he can repeat. I'm not too keen on that idea, I would hate for him to make friends and see them go ahead. I would much rather him be at the older end of his class and thrive, instead of just cope.
Thanks in advance for anyone experiences, opinions, etc!!!