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    Quote Originally Posted by wktz View Post
    I'm in qld but I thought prep was going to become compulsory when the national curriculum is introduced? (Can't remember what year that is for all schools, if its next year or the year after?).
    I believe the national curriculum will be introduced next year, although it's being trialled in some schools already; and from what I've read as of next year prep will be considered compulsory under the education policy but not mandatory under the law. I'm not even sure how that works

    In Qld I think the Kindy and Prep programs offered are so valuable to a child's development both academically and socially. Although the Kindy program is offered through child care centers so as a SAHM if I feel I have the ability to spend enough time helping my child develop I might possibly skip Kindy. However I really view Prep in Qld as the first year of school and will definitely be sending my child; I would worry they would miss out on too much and find it difficult to catch up later.

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    Default *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    DD went to 3yo and 4yo kinder 4 full days a week (daycare) and it was the absolute best thing for her. She loved every minute of it and learnt so much. It offered soooo many things I could never offer her - lots of kids to play with every day, they had a science teacher come in once a week, it was just fantastic for her in every way.

    She started prep this year, she was a few months off turning 5, so one of the youngest. I didn't have any hesitation to send her this year as she is extremely confident and outgoing. Prep has been tough though. Academically she has gone from strength to strength, she was reading within 6 weeks and is doing grade 1 and 2 work at the moment. But she has struggled a bit with the social side of things, it is so different to kinder. She also gets extremely tired. But overall i'm glad she started this year, she would have been very bored with another year of kinder...

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    Default *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    You can delay a child in nsw from starting first year of formal schooling because of their age, but they won't miss that academic year, they will start that first year of school whenever they start school. There's no missing a grade in nsw. When you start school, you go into kindergarten. You can go to preschool from age 3 (or 2 years before you start school)
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    Default *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    I'll be taking DD to play group, kindy and primary school as early as we are allowed to as DD will be looked after by her grand parents when I go back to work so is like to socialise her as soon as possible.

    But I don't know if that will change when she is older. It may depend on her personality and where she is developmentally.

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    Default *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    My older one did child care 3 days a week, (started at 2yrs 9mths) I had her do the Kindy program there when she was 4. She went to prep from there, she a sensitive kid and now in hindsight I'm glad she did it all, she adapted really well at school, I think kinder/child care helped.
    DS will go to kinder, and if I decide to work child care as well.

    I'm curious to know why ppl opt not send kids to kinder? What do think the benefits are? I sent mine partly because I had no other option as I started part time work, but I felt she would benefit socially, and hoped it would help her be more independent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Diamonds 14 View Post
    In Qld I think the Kindy and Prep programs offered are so valuable to a child's development both academically and socially. Although the Kindy program is offered through child care centers so as a SAHM if I feel I have the ability to spend enough time helping my child develop I might possibly skip Kindy. However I really view Prep in Qld as the first year of school and will definitely be sending my child; I would worry they would miss out on too much and find it difficult to catch up later.
    I have my Miss3 (Feb birthday) enrolled in a C&K kindy (pre-prep) for next year. Apparently there are five different associations offering pre-prep programs now (I only know of C&K and daycare). People keep telling me that I should just use a kindy program at a daycare (because those are available closer to home), but that is not want I want to do for her. The C&K kindy is a school-like program with set class-times. Not an ad-hoc turn up whenever situation like daycare.
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    sweetseven, from what I understand if a Kindy program is identified as an 'approved' program by the Education Dept. then it should deliver a proper school like program delevoped and run by a tertiary qualified early childhood teacher. These approved pre-prep programs can be offered at long day care centers. Off course you should make the decision that best suits you and your child

    I just meant that although I consider both Kindy and Prep important, if circumstances made it difficult (finances etc) I would be willing to skip Kindy but I would be extremely unlikely to skip Prep.

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    Yes I have and it's been really positive. Our kindy and pre-primary are part of school, so uniforms, readers, assemblies, the whole shebang.

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    My DD is only 2 so I'd make that decision when the time comes based on her needs and the needs of the family as a whole. Ideally, I'd choose a play-based rather than an academic programme at that age, though

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    Nope, I don't believe positive socialisation is best achieved as a bunch of kids the same age being together day in-day out, led by one or two adults. It's a kind of socialisation, sure, but perhaps not entirely a positive one (for ALL children) and certainly not an essential one. My little one learns best by having children (and adults) of all ages around her and that perfectly found via home school meets and informal social gatherings with my guidance/attendance; we'll stick with that and may well end up home schooling in the end.

    Have to add the ol' bubhub disclaimer: This post is intended to reflect a decision and/or opinion of my family and nobody else's. This post is in no way a reflection upon your personal decisions and is not intended to offend.

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