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    I sent my child late. She is a late feb baby and I chose to start her at almost 6 rather than almost 5. It was the best thing I could have done. She is so far ahead academically, socially and physically and it's given her a real boost to the start of her schooling.
    I will also be holding my twins back (late march babies).

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    I sent my child late. She is a late feb baby and I chose to start her at almost 6 rather than almost 5. It was the best thing I could have done. She is so far ahead academically, socially and physically and it's given her a real boost to the start of her schooling.
    I will also be holding my twins back (late march babies).

    If I had a baby born in April or may I would hold them back no question. I just couldn't imagine my 4 year old being in full time formal schooling.

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    If I were unsure, I would hold them back. While I think some kids really strive with being sent early- I think more damage can be done being sent early rather than being held back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    I sent my child late. She is a late feb baby and I chose to start her at almost 6 rather than almost 5. It was the best thing I could have done. She is so far ahead academically, socially and physically and it's given her a real boost to the start of her schooling.
    I will also be holding my twins back (late march babies).

    If I had a baby born in April or may I would hold them back no question. I just couldn't imagine my 4 year old being in full time formal schooling.
    I tried to delay ds1 starting prep (QLD). He's a May baby. There is no way he was ready at 4.5 to start but unfortunately education qld didn't see it that way He ended up repeating prep last year.

    I fear we may be in the same position again soon as ds2 is also a May baby and will be 4 this year. I just wish the department would realise that parents do know their child best and you cannot make a blanket decision


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    I sent my child late. She is a late feb baby and I chose to start her at almost 6 rather than almost 5. It was the best thing I could have done. She is so far ahead academically, socially and physically and it's given her a real boost to the start of her schooling.
    I will also be holding my twins back (late march babies).
    my girl will be 5 end January .. I was going to send her to prep next year .. But now I am not sure if that is wise . She is very bright and social .. Everyone says she will be bored by term 4 at kindy and ready for school .. But I don't want her to be one of the younger ones .. If holding her back means she will have huge advantage over other kids academically and physically etc .. I should maybe wait till she is closer to 6 ..long term could be hugely beneficial for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancingchipmunk View Post
    I tried to delay ds1 starting prep (QLD). He's a May baby. There is no way he was ready at 4.5 to start but unfortunately education qld didn't see it that way He ended up repeating prep last year.

    I fear we may be in the same position again soon as ds2 is also a May baby and will be 4 this year. I just wish the department would realise that parents do know their child best and you cannot make a blanket decision


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    I've heard that qld is very strict like that . Ridiculous IMO. Here in SA the only rule is that child must be in full time school by the time they turn 6. So much more flexible.

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    I only found out through BH that you can't hold them back in qld! So glad I live in nsw, my daughter will be 5 in May and there's no way she would've been ready to start this year.

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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.
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    Yup, I had the same experience. I hated being the youngest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I only found out through BH that you can't hold them back in qld! So glad I live in nsw, my daughter will be 5 in May and there's no way she would've been ready to start this year.
    There are some circumstances where you can but we didn't meet any, ie premature birth, special needs.

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    You can delay prep in QLD without much effort, maybe it depends on the school?

    I know a hubber on here in QLD who had little trouble delaying her son's entry to prep and he is a very capable, normal little 4 year old, he just wasn't ready (as many aren't).


 

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