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    Yes my daughter started early, started at 4 years turned 5 in april and she started struggling in confidence and slipping further behind as half the class were almost a year and a half older then she. We've repeated her this year ( so doing year one again) and she's so much happier and more confident, so I'd be defiantely holding your child back if for any reason you don't feel they be ready.

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    Ds1 is a May baby and he went to school the year he was able to. He was very ready, I think it would have been detrimental had he not.

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    DD#1 was 4 turning 5 at the end of June. She was shy and took time to warm up to people but I think that would have happened anyway.

    Now, she is 13 turning 14 and in Year 9 and doing very well. I don't regret our decision at all. I guess the only downside is that she is still quite young and not sure what she wants to be/do yet and will only have just turned 17 when she finishes Year 12.

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    We've got DS1 in prep (vic) this year. He turned 5 earlier this month. We had support from his kinder teacher, and the primary school, and we all agreed that he was ready. For him, another year at kinder would have done more harm than good. While it's early on, so far so good. He's academically, socially and emotionally going great! His best friend is also a younger prep, so I think that helps them both to have a mate!

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    DD just made the cut off by a few weeks. I sent her to school being one of the youngest and I don't regret it one bit.
    She was in full time day care and I worked full time then so it wasn't a huge change for her. She was starting to get bored in day care anyway.
    She hasn't suffered in her school work at all.
    With DS it will be the same thing he will just make the cut off and I will send him early.

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    I can't even fathom the idea of sending a 4 year old off to full time schooling.

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    DS just got in on the cut off but we kept him back a year. Best decision we made. The first year of school is different than when we were kids, where it was drawing and colours. DS is in his first year of school, 8th week and is already reading. There is a high expectation of behaviour and having social, emotional and fine motor skills. I've seen a number of young ones the last few years and imo they weren't ready (not saying every early entry isn't ready just that many aren't).

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    I sent my son to school a year later and he was a Jan baby so he started school one week after her turned 6 and the rest of his friends in class turned 6 in Feb, March and April.
    Definitely worked well for us socially and maturity wise. He was always clever and I knew he would excell anyway and he is

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    We're discussing this at the moment.
    The twins will turn 5 next April and we are having issues with the preschool.
    Living rurally we have limited options and would like to send them next year if we feel they are ready.
    I will be requesting they stay together but would do that regardless of which year we send them.


 

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