Little Miss Muffet (06-05-2014)
I feel dd is ready. I'm just not liking the fact she will be in with almost 6 yr olds. It sounds crazy. Why did they change the age?
I'm in vic too and my DD has just started prep this year, she turned 6 in March, and as others have said it seems now most are holding their children back so they're 5 turning 6. In DD's class there is only one boy who just turned 5.
So unfortunately you're DD will most likely be in a class with much older children, and girls are b...chy, DD has already had trouble with a few girls in her class because they'll say things like 'you're not my friend anymore' and she's so sensitive she'll burst into tears and ask to go to the sick bay.
She's one of the eldest in her class but this stuff still really affects her, I'd hate to think how she would have coped last year being one of the youngest, I don't think she would have coped to be honest, so I guess what I'm saying OP is if you think your DD might have trouble socially, maybe consider holding her back?
We are in WA.
My DD2 started 4 yo kinder when she was 3. The range of ages means she's probably about just over half into the younger group. One of her closest friends is 9 months older than her. One of the nastiest girls in her class is a month younger than her. You can't predict what the other kids will be like, only how you think your child will be. DD2 suffers with anxiety and I did consider keeping her back but academically she's extremely bright and she was doing my head in at home as she was desperate to start school.
It's not an easy decision. Some days I wonder how she would have gone if we'd kept her back a year but there was never a right time to do this as at the end of each year the teachers were telling us she was ready.
DD1 is in year 3 and I can't tell which girls are older or younger.
My DS turned 3 in April (I'm in vic) and he moved up to the pre-kinder room at daycare (he goes 3 days a week). So next year he will enrol in the kinder program my daycare runs, then start primary school the year after when he is 4 turning 5.
It's really your choice. I do have a friend who is a kindergarten teacher and she will warn parents long before the end of the kinder year if she's concerned about them moving into school. They will reccomend that they repeat kinder if they don't feel they are ready for school.
Little Miss Muffet (07-05-2014)
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