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    My son is just gone 4 this week. He did a 3 year old program last year (half day) as well as 2-3 days a week at montessori daycare - they do a school day for the 3-6 year olds. He will be in Kindy next year (which is 3 days 8.30-3pm)

    As a result he has been doing a lot of phonics, can do basic maths, can write his own name, cut along lines etc.

    I am a bit confused as to what to do this year, as I have to balance work and school (DH is FIFO).
    Is doing 3 school days plus one daycare day going to be too much? My work is flexible, but by the time I drop him, then drop dd at daycare i'm going to be lucky to work 5 hours a day! - So ideally I'd like to work one full day (currently work 2 full days)
    Also is he going to get bored with the kindy program, if he is already beginning to read and do maths and stuff at the daycare? Its an IB school if that makes any difference.

    What kind of things do you look for if you were to suggest a child is ready/not ready?

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    It sounds like Montessori is really working for him! Four days in kinder/care is very common - there are a lot of mums out there who have their kinders in 5 days a week. I will not share my opinion on 'how many days is best' as I think you knowing him best should assess that based on your own child. I think it is always a good idea to have a 'break day' (ie a Tuesday or Wednesday) in the middle of a few school days for 4 year olds - if that is possible.
    I can't say whether or not he will get bored with kindy - it depends on the type of child he is and what sort of program they run at the kindergarten you are sending him to (ie structured or very free)
    Four year old programs like kindy are not compulsory, so if the Montessori is working for him so well is it an option to keep him in that program for 4 days?

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    For your last question, were you referring to 'ready for kindergarten' or 'ready for school'?
    Because it sounds like academically your child is absolutely ready but social/emotional is very important. I can PM you a rough checklist if you like?

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    A check list would be great!

    I'd actually love to keep him in the daycare, but he'd lose his place in the school, and I really love the school. Places in preprimary are scarce and as we arent religous we had to get in at pre-k to get places for the kids

    I think it's a fairly free program, it's inquiry based education.



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    Jovis, thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us.

    I am Australian but live in Singapore and here they start kids in preschool at 18mths - 2 yrs. I was wondering your opinion on this? My DD is 16 months old and everyone is asking me where she will be going to school. I don't want to put pressure on her but also don't want to miss the opportunity if it's a good idea.

    Also, in your opinion, how would you manage school for a child who is academically advanced but socially/emotionally average? Do you send them early or at the normal age? Is there anything in particular that I should look for when choosing a school for a child like this?

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    DS is turning 2 in March, what age is a good age for them to attend kindy? Hes very shy and take a while for him to warm up to people. I worry about how he's going to cope in kindy without me there.
    Will there be teachers changing his nappy? What about meal times? What if he won't eat? How many kids in a class room usually with how many teachers? What sort of things do they learn?
    Also what sort of things are they expected to know?
    Thanks!

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    Pregnor - I think you are the only person who can say what is 'too much' for your son. Is it possible to give it a go 4 days and see how he goes? The school days won't be so bad as they aren't particularly long hours.
    I will email you a checklist in the next few days.

    Cdro - That is early! I think that comes down to a personal choice. Personally I wouldn't be fussed on the idea. But that depends on what sorts of hours they run etc. I am no expert on little ones under 3, but I don't really see the point (depending on how much you do at home with her). That is a personal opinion!
    In answer to your school question, I would send them at normal age. Social maturity is important. And a good teacher should extend/challenge them if they need it. When choosing a school for a child that you have described I would say one of the most important things is resources - computers, books, etc. I would also want to know if they offer any extracurricular things like clubs etc that could help to develop the child's social/emotional maturity.

    Tubster - I would recommend 3 as the ideal time to start kindy. Lots of kids are shy and the teachers will be VERY used to children like your son! All I can say is if he cries and cries as you leave, do NOT imagine he is like that all day. They rarely are! My other tip would be to have a 'leaving routine' - that is, every day when you drop him do the same things with him and then leave, don't drag it out. I can PM you an example if you like.
    Kindergartens are different to child care - In 3 yo kindy he will need to be toilet trained, you will provide his snacks/lunch (he can go back to it if he doesn't eat), you can choose a part time or full time kindy (the latter are harder to come by), there are between 15 and 25 children (that said, I used to run a kindy that had 5 kids, and in the one that I just left there were 27), there will be one teacher and one assistant.
    Child care centres also run 3 year old programs - these usually have less structure. I am no child care expert but I do know that they will change nappies. Food is offered to the child and left with them for a while. They are encouraged but if they don't eat it is usually fine because they have snacks very often. The problem is that legally they can't leave the food for him to go back to because of food safety rules etc. But if he is fussy they may have the flexibility to be able to get another serve from the kitchen later on. Also in child care centres the teacher normally has slightly different qualifications.
    They aren't expected to know anything going in to a kindy program. They will be provided with a lot of experiences whereby they learn to recognise their name, learn social skills and have the ability to learn through play, songs and stories. Very few 3 year old kindergartens explicitly 'teach'.
    I hope this helps

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    Hi, just a quick word from me. As a previous poster stated, Kindy does mean different things in different states and I think it's important to keep that in mind

    For all the Qlder's who would like to discuss Kindy in Qld, we have our own section >

    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...d-Kindy-Issues

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    Yes I should've mentioned that I have lived in Victoria and WA. Thanks for pointing that out! Child development however is the same no matter where you live

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    Thanks jovis

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