I will be holding back regardless, we have moved around so much that I want him settled before sending him off to school. I don't really care if he's older than the other kids. What's the rush anyway? They are only little once.
I have heard a rumor it will be compulsory fir children to start the year they turn 5 by June 30. In 2016. As they are finding to many parents are starting to hold their children back for no valid reason. Of course there will be exceptions. I would rather my child do 2 years of prep personally
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Thanks for all the replies to my thread.
For what it's worth, I think QLD had it right with regards to the age a child started school, pre 2007 - before the introduction of prep, when the FYOS was the year you turned 6 ( I think I have this right). Interestingly, most countries in the EU INC France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have 6 years as the compulsory age for FYOS, and Finland has the highest academic outcomes in the EU. However, in the UK, children do start FYOS earlier, but many academics and educators in the UK, feel that children would do better and be better equipped learners if they were to start school later. It would be interesting to know what the stats were for repeating prep/kindergarten across the states, for children aged in the 4.5 - 5 age group?
* I just saw you said April cut off...all our kids are born in May and June.
My girlfriend is a prep teacher and my husband is a teacher, they both agree that two years of preschool are far preferable than repeating Prep or an early grade when children are aware of what repeating means.
Last edited by NoteToSelf; 06-08-2014 at 19:25.
Holding back is def not the norm in QLD. When I first started investigating everyone said it was impossible, the kids had to go straight to year 1, they needed to have a developmental delay etc etc. When I did my own investigating and spoke to the Principal of the school we are going to I found the complete opposite. He just said that in Qld, they have to be enrolled in school by age 6 otherwise you are breaking the law.
I feel really strongly that parents know best when it comes to school readiness, my son is academically ready absolutely, but I know that another year at home and preschool will give him more confidence, social maturity and emotional intelligence. Really important things to me when I think of him navigating adolescence in high school and making good decisions.
It is, I have friends who have kids going to private schools wanting to delay and it is such a mixed bag of responses, from one principal watching her child for 5 minutes in the school interview and saying he is ready and won't approve delaying to another one at another school saying he encourages everyone to delay!
The EQ policy is clear though, so state school principals should all be going off that. And at the end of the day if you just turn up the following year to enrol, there is not much they can do when EQ explicitly states children must start in prep not in year 1.
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