A good school will pick up if your child is bored or finding the work too easy and will put them in an accelerated program or in the least tailor a bit of an individual plan for them
I turned 5 the day school started. I always struggled. My first year I cried everyday, I didn't make friends, I withdrew myself a lot. At home I was the complete opposite and very independent. Mum always regretted not waiting.
I was always the youngest by a few months. Never had anyone in my grade younger then me.
I really think it depends on the child though.
My now 20 year old sister just met the cut off to start school at 5. My mum didn't hesitate to send her, and has regretted it ever since. My sister was not academially, socially or emotionally ready for it.
My mum tried several times to have her held back, as she was really struggling, and seemed to just fall further behind every year. But the school/s always refused, saying it would be damaging to her self esteem.
My sister has suffered her whole from incredibly poor self-image and very low self esteem, all relating to her believing that she is 'dumb'. All of this because she just wasnt ready to start school and the school system would not hold her back.
It used to break my heart to hear this previously happy and confident little girl come home at 8 years old crying and saying things like "I'm just dumb and useless".
These have been lifelong effects for her so far, and she still struggles with it. My brother and I both started at 6 and excelled academically, which made it all the harder for my sister as she always compared herself.
I would definitely think long and hard before sending my 5 year old to school...if they're ready for it, go for it! But if they're not, don't feel like you have to...
For myself, holding my dd back was the best thing we could have one. Academically she would have been fine but socially she would have been eaten alive. Her first year of kindy she cried every day at drop off for the whole year, was too self conscious to speak up in class and only played with about two other kids because most of the class was nearly a year older than her. The change in her in her second year was amazing. She has coped brilliantly with prep and year 1 and so many parents comment on how confident she is. She's gone from hardly uttering a word to sticking up for other children if she feels someone has been mean to them
My DS went to pre-primary (year before year one in WA) this year and he turned 5 in Feb. We've had no issues and no regrets. The PP is compulsory in WA and it can be very hard to hold a child back.
Subbing please, my twin girls were premmies, so this is an issue for us.
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