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    Dd5 has repeated C&K instead of starting prep this year. She was in no way ready. She has blossomed and I have no problem sending her next year.

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    http://www.qld.gov.au/education/chil...enrolment.html
    This is a link stating what age your child should start prep and it says it's okay to hold them back a year. My ds is born the first week of July which means unless another child has been held back he will always be the oldest and I'm okay with that. He has done 2 years of kindergarten and was a little disappointed he wasn't starting prep with all his mates last year but I definitely have seen a huge jump in his development and am really confident he will well and truly be ready by next year where I felt a little uneasy and could see how much more advanced his mates were last year. I think your making the right decision.
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    I have only heard of difficulties in starting kids early (parents like to so this to save Childcare costs) but never an issue with holding back. I know 2 families repeating their May and June kids in prep next year - mainly because they feel that they are emotionally immature compared to the rest of their prep class.
    I think from next year prep is compulsory so I don't think it is parental choice anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    DS is due to start prep next year (I can only speak for the public system). It is the parents choice when to enrol. This is what it says on the Ed Qld website...

    It is not compulsory for your child to attend the Prep year as soon as they are old enough—5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. You can delay their entry by 1 year if you feel they are not ready, but when they start school, they will still start in the Prep year.

    I have spoken to the principal at the school we plan to send DS to, he basically said, yep see you the year after next then. We did not require any assessments (DS does not have any special needs, I just believe 4.5 is too young to start school).
    Great info, thanks so much

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    I live in QLD and my DS is a May 2009 baby so was meant to start school last year. I was in two minds about it all last year and as soon as his kindy suggested that he wasn't ready I decided to keep him back. I just phoned the school (private school) he was enrolled in to let them know and there wasn't an issue at all.
    However I have a friend also in QLD with similar aged girl who wanted to hold her back and got a bit of grief from the school (public school I think) but stuck to her guns and did end up getting the school to agree.
    I wouldn't stress too much, just decide on the school that you want to send him to and discuss it with them. I think my local schools have pretty much sorted all their enrolments for next year so you might want to get on to it soon.
    Good Luck!

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    Little bugs mum - do you mean your son was meant to start this year?

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    Yes! Meant to say this year- must be pregnancy brain striking again!

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    I live in Brisbane and yes, I think it is highly unusual for kids to be held back- certainly at our school. I don't know anyone who has held their child back for any reason except for one child. I'm not sure how this mother achieved it but for some reason she wanted her son held back and after a lot of arguments and the like with the principal she was able to do so. He s now much older than all the other kids in his class. I think it is rather unfair on him. That is why there is parents need to have a lot of very sound reasons for holding back and these must be documented reasons, such as recommended by Kindy teacher etc.

    In Qld. holding back because you want your child to have an academic leg up is unheard of. I know this is not the case in NSW but I feel it is unfair to the other younger ones n the class when some of the kids may be 1 1/2 years older than them. I realise this isn't the case with you but I don't really approve of holding back on these grounds. I think if you explain your situation it will be fine and he can start in Prep 2015 but he will be quite a bit older than many of the kids.

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    I have taught prep in Qld and at the schools I have worked at parents that wish to keep their children back a year usually have to have assume sort of documentation from a specialist. We used to meet with the guidance officer and make the decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heated View Post

    In Qld. holding back because you want your child to have an academic leg up is unheard of. I know this is not the case in NSW but I feel it is unfair to the other younger ones n the class when some of the kids may be 1 1/2 years older than them. I realise this isn't the case with you but I don't really approve of holding back on these grounds. I think if you explain your situation it will be fine and he can start in Prep 2015 but he will be quite a bit older than many of the kids.
    I have a different take on it. I think it is unfair to have a child in full time formal education at 4.5, doing a national curriculum that is not written with 4.5 year olds in mind. QLD starts children at school earlier than any other state. I think it would have been different several years ago when prep was play based, but that is not the case now.

    It's not about getting an academic leg up, it is about wether kids are socially and emotionally ready at 4.5. There is no evidence that starting school so early is beneficial in any way, in fact evidence points to later school starting age as being beneficial.

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