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    DD started school this year at 4 and a half. She is doing very well and everybody told us she was ready. However there are 6 year olds in her class which means there are 18 months between them . I don't like this.

    I missed 60 minutes last night and from what I read on fb after it finished we wee wrong in sending her?? I'm glad I didn't see it I probably would have cried!

    Were hoping we can get DD into the private school we are looking at where she will start in kindy again. Just depends on the interview process etc. fingers crossed!!

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    I was one of the youngest in my class when I started school in the final term of the year. By the end of the year, my parents/teacher thought it'd be best if I went straight into yr 1 rather than doing another year of reception. So I was then the youngest in my year level by almost a full year... all the other kids around my age had done 5 terms of reception, whilst I did 1.

    Honestly, I think it was great for me. I would have been bored to tears being a year behind where I was, and I don't think it hampered me socially either. I then went on to skip grade 5 so was the youngest by far. Obviously I have no idea what things would have been like otherwise, but I never saw it as a negative. Always a positive to me.

    That said, it of course depends on the child. You really have to decide whether you think she's ready. If you're not sure, I'd highly recommend speaking to the school. They'll be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    I was one of the youngest in my year and although I never struggled socially or academically (I actually excelled), I found it hard to be in different age groups for sports to my friends. I also found as we got older, the age difference became an issue; I was the last to get my license, turn 18, etc. It also meant that if I left in yr 10 I would have only been 15 and if I left in year 12 only 17.
    I will have the choice with dd as she is a March bub and I won't be sending her until the year she turns 6.
    I had your troubles but reversed. I was the first and grouped with the year above me. That sucked too. I was held back because I was a month before the cut off.


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    I am a big believer in holding back. It's very difficult for 4 year olds to sit for longer periods of time and concentrate on several lessons a day.

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    Are you even allowed to?

    A lot of schools are quite strict about it here. I know SIL has been trying to get her son in early - he misses out by ONE DAY and she's been refused, at several schools.

    I would have loved to have sent DD early. She would have thrived. She spent the year before school bored out of her mind with preschool programs (because she's well beyond that academically), and has spend the following school years bored as well, and every year the Vice Principal attempts to bump her up another year level, but the Guidance Counsellor stops it from going ahead (he has told me he wouldn't allow it unless she was Mensa material). I did ask if she could begin a year ahead, but was told no. I wish I had fought for it a bit more, but not sure it would have gone anywhere... I know how pushy and scary SIL is... and if she's not getting anywhere I'm not sure I would have either (we're 25 days past cut-off).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    Are you even allowed to?

    A lot of schools are quite strict about it here. I know SIL has been trying to get her son in early - he misses out by ONE DAY and she's been refused, at several schools.
    In qld it is incredibly difficult to hold back or send early. If you dont send them to prep the year they are meant to go they are generally placed straight into year one when they start.

    My DS1 started this year at 4.5 years old. I think we made the right decision for him.

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    DD is turning 6 next week, she is one of the youngest in her year. I don't regret sending her, there was never any suggestion of holding her back anyway as she is very bright, very outgoing and was ready to start.

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    I held my son back and have found it really benefited him he gets along great socially and is very smart and doing great academically there was a boy in his class who was a year younger and got started early both parents and preschool thought he was ready he did great his first year of school and second year halfway through they found he was struggling socially and wasn't able to cope so his parents ended up repeating him. My kids are all may and June babies all could start at 4 and a half but will be keeping them all back til they are 5 and a half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    In qld it is incredibly difficult to hold back or send early. If you dont send them to prep the year they are meant to go they are generally placed straight into year one when they start.

    My DS1 started this year at 4.5 years old. I think we made the right decision for him.
    Yeah we're in Qld, and that's what we were told. I think Prep is soon-to-be compulsory here anyway... if not already.

    DD was very much ready before the 5.5 years she started - other kids would do well with waiting longer. I think they really should assess and base on that... rather than a very strict cut-off date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    Yeah we're in Qld, and that's what we were told. I think Prep is soon-to-be compulsory here anyway... if not already.

    DD was very much ready before the 5.5 years she started - other kids would do well with waiting longer. I think they really should assess and base on that... rather than a very strict cut-off date.
    Yup Its not compulsory yet which is why if you dont send them the year they are meant to go, they generally miss out on prep altogether and start in grade 1.

    And I completely agree that it should be assesed differently. My DS1 was more than ready to start but I am incredibly grateful DS2 is a July baby and gets an extra year to prepare for fulltime schooling given his sensory issues - if he was before the cut off I am sure he wouldnt be ready and it would be a huge fight for me to hold him back.


 

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