Just wanting to get some opinions/experiences on starting school age.
We live in one of Australia's biggest growth areas and kindergarten (preschool for some- the non formal year before starring primary school) is done as a centralised intake system in our council area. Placements went out yeaterday and DD didn't get a place and is on a wait list for second round allocations. It's led to DH and I discussing starting her at school instead next year. The school age cut off in VIC is 30th April and DD was born 23rd April. She can go to school next year at 4years but we had decided to wait another year as she would likely be one of the youngest,possibly the youngest in her classes. Our concern would be that she would be 11 going into high school and 16 going into year 12 and socially that could be an issue as peers go through puberty, get licenses, drink etc.
She would cope fine at school next year and meets all the school readiness check lists but its later and the follow on effects that have us scratching our heads with what to do. She is also physically very small and petite for her age so I worry about bullying (as i am sure every parent does).
If she gets into a kinder place in the second round we wont find out until the start of nov which is leaving it very late for school enrolment. After speaking with the kinder placement officer today we have found out the placements that may be left avail have less than desirable timetables and it would be a pain with a baby to organise sleep etc. (Example 15hrs a week over 4 days -8.00-11.00, 2.15-5.15, 8.00-12.30, 1.00-5.00).
What age did you send your child and what has been your experience?
Childcare isn't an option for us as we can't afford it and she will go nuts at home with me for another year.
ETA- so she will have to start school at either 4yrs 9months or 5yrs 9months
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