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    Well my daughter is 5 (turned 5 in May) and won't start until next year.

    I don't think it's true at all.

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    I've heard the opposite -- that the Jan-May kids fall behind at school because they're so much younger than the kids who turned 5 before they start & developmentally not as ready...,.

    In fact I'm worried for my March baby being only 4 when he starts school....!!

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    I don't think any specific age of children fall behind or excel academically. There are such a range of abilities in any class. I think it's more about maturity, social skills etc. but not just when they start school, in high school as well. Generally the more immature ones are the younger ones, especially as they get older. I'm a teacher so have seen this quite a bit.
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    It depends on the child.

    Mine just missed the cutoff - her birthday is late July. She's also academically-minded and quite intelligent, so she would have really been better off starting earlier. There are plenty of children who would be better off waiting longer to start though. It really depends on the individual child.

    I personally feel this age cutoff stuff is nonsense. I think children should be free to start the year they turn either 5 or 6, depending on how ready they are.

    I started school when I was 4 turning 5 (I'm a March baby), and did absolutely fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    It depends on the child.

    Mine just missed the cutoff - her birthday is late July. She's also academically-minded and quite intelligent, so she would have really been better off starting earlier. There are plenty of children who would be better off waiting longer to start though. It really depends on the individual child.

    I personally feel this age cutoff stuff is nonsense. I think children should be free to start the year they turn either 5 or 6, depending on how ready they are.

    I started school when I was 4 turning 5 (I'm a March baby), and did absolutely fine.
    Do you think her starting later has done any harm?

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    My dd1 was going to start the year after turning 5 (July birthday) I spoke to alot of teacher/childcare works etc about this they all said she wouldn't be bored if I kept doing the things I do at home already.

    lots of activties and excersions, encouraging her love of art, music and reading. Childcare,kindergym, Monti (3yo kindy) and play dates for socialisation.

    That said, they school she is going to has mid year intake (private schools in SA have the option of having 1 intake or setting their own timeframes for intakes), so i'm not worried anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Do you think her starting later has done any harm?
    I honestly do.

    She's in her 3rd year of school now (year 2, after Prep and Year 1), and she's showing less and less interest as time goes on because she's not getting the kind of challenge she craves. Being the kind of kid who enjoys spending her free time reading, writing and solving maths problems, it's important she's kept challenged. She gets joy in learning, and she's lacking that lately because she's simply not getting enough additional assistance. Each year, her teachers and the deputy principal want to advance her a year. Each year she sees the guidance officer and each year he says no based on the fact that he believes it wouldn't do well socially to move her up. I am actually considering seeing if I can overrule him (since teachers and the principal want to put her up anyway) because he doesn't seem to understand that friends aren't as important to DD as they may be to other kids...

    Anyway, this thread isn't about me or DD so I'll stop rambling, but yes, I do think it's doing her harm... it's just only showing up slowly. (She does get additional work, but it's still not enough...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    I honestly do.

    She's in her 3rd year of school now (year 2, after Prep and Year 1), and she's showing less and less interest as time goes on because she's not getting the kind of challenge she craves. Being the kind of kid who enjoys spending her free time reading, writing and solving maths problems, it's important she's kept challenged. She gets joy in learning, and she's lacking that lately because she's simply not getting enough additional assistance. Each year, her teachers and the deputy principal want to advance her a year. Each year she sees the guidance officer and each year he says no based on the fact that he believes it wouldn't do well socially to move her up. I am actually considering seeing if I can overrule him (since teachers and the principal want to put her up anyway) because he doesn't seem to understand that friends aren't as important to DD as they may be to other kids...

    Anyway, this thread isn't about me or DD so I'll stop rambling, but yes, I do think it's doing her harm... it's just only showing up slowly. (She does get additional work, but it's still not enough...).
    But it's the teacher's job to extend her. If she is really bright, I don't think moving her up a year will make much difference. Are you going to apply for oc class?

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    I'm pregnant with #2 who will be born in Sept/Oct and when TTC I really wanted to make the 1 July cut off for QLD but obviously didn't (it took a while). So I can see where your husband is coming from but I wouldn't stop TTC personally. I've looked in to options in case #2 is ready the year earlier. In Qld at least you can't start prep a year early but you can apply to start year one early (skip prep). Obviously the principal has to give the OK and you'd need proof your child would benefit/be ready. At private schools there may be different rules. Some kindys/pre preps have space to take extra kids so will take those born in July a year earlier. Or there could be private preschools like montessori which your child can do on the days they don't have kindy to get used to school hours 5 days a week. I know it depends on the child but I like to think my children are more likely to be ready earlier rather than later, time will tell I guess.

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    Thanks for your advice everyone. Very much appreciated!


 

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