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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    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.
    Agree with you 100%. This is exactly how I feel, and I know many parents in my area that feel exactly the same. In fact this would be one of the most talked about topics at school drop offs across Sydney, as the new school year approaches.

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    I went to the school today and enquired. They told me that as prep will be compulsory in 2016 I won't be able to keep him back. Geez this qld does my head in. So now I have to send my boy to kindy next year to get him ready for prep when I thought I had another year with him at home with me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilypily View Post
    I went to the school today and enquired. They told me that as prep will be compulsory in 2016 I won't be able to keep him back. Geez this qld does my head in. So now I have to send my boy to kindy next year to get him ready for prep when I thought I had another year with him at home with me!!
    Unlike nsw, in Queensland, you can choose the public school your child goes to. There's no catchment area. Are you going public? Perhaps you could look at a different school or contact the dept of education. You should not be forced to start your child.

    I have a May baby and July baby. My daughter started school this year and turned 6 in May, my son could start next year but he won't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Unlike nsw, in Queensland, you can choose the public school your child goes to. There's no catchment area. Are you going public? Perhaps you could look at a different school or contact the dept of education. You should not be forced to start your child.

    I have a May baby and July baby. My daughter started school this year and turned 6 in May, my son could start next year but he won't be.
    Not all public schools in Qld are free of catchment zones, schools in Toowoomba, Brisbane and both coasts are for the most part I believe...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Katvee View Post
    Not all public schools in Qld are free of catchment zones, schools in Toowoomba, Brisbane and both coasts are for the most part I believe...


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    I've got a friend in Brisbane who chose the school her son went to. Maybe it depends on the school?

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    Oh gosh it's so confusing. They said you can delay start now but in 2 years time you won't be able to any more. I have a may boy. Maybe I best speak to the education department. I thought every school had a catchment plan and you could apply out of catchment but it depended on their numbers. It was Pallara state school that I spoke with today. I wanted to send him there instead of browns plains as we look like we will be moving to forestdale.. Thanks for all your advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I've got a friend in Brisbane who chose the school her son went to. Maybe it depends on the school?
    We are inner brisbane and school catchment areas are really important. People rent houses just to get into schools. I was from the Sunshine Coast and it didn't matter at all up there...

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    They are called `enrollment management plans' and not all schools have them. They generally introduce them if the school is above capacity for their resources.

    Our local school has not had an enrollment management plan until this year as for the first time they had 3 prep classes, from next year they will only accept students from the catchment zone or siblings of students already enrolled and cap the numbers at 2 prep classes. Any school with an EMP you can apply as an out of area and they may have places to offer or may not.

    I'm sorry you had that experience LillyPily! I would contact EQ to enquire if making prep compulsory changes things as my understanding was the policy was based on the legislation that you have to have your child enrolled in school by age 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Unlike nsw, in Queensland, you can choose the public school your child goes to. There's no catchment area. Are you going public? Perhaps you could look at a different school or contact the dept of education. You should not be forced to start your child.

    I have a May baby and July baby. My daughter started school this year and turned 6 in May, my son could start next year but he won't be.
    They are becoming quite strict on catchment areas in most brisbane schools now, up until last year many schools didnt have a catchment for prep but that changed at the begining of this year (well for my sons school it did anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    They are becoming quite strict on catchment areas in most brisbane schools now, up until last year many schools didnt have a catchment for prep but that changed at the begining of this year (well for my sons school it did anyway)

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    Yip enrolment management plans definitely exist in QLD. Every state schools has a catchment zone but is up to the school if they enforce it or not.

    But rather then more schools introducing plans I believe a lot of schools in QLD are removing previous enrolment plans as of next year as Year 7 moves to high school so that has taken pressure off enrolment numbers.
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