I truly think it depends on the child. My DS1 started at 4.5 (his birthday is late may) and he has absolutely thrived, is top of his class academically and I have no regrets sending him when I did.
My DS2 could have gone to prep this year with the new age cut off (mid july baby) but I am not sending him until next year as he isnt ready. My DS3 will be one of the youngest if he goes to prep the year he is meant to (mid june birthday) but we will asses as he gets older. I personally feel he will be like DS1 and be ready.
Funnily enough, all the teachers I've spoken to IRL have been huge advocates for starting them at 4.5 if they're before the cut off. One of my friends is a prep teacher in a special needs school and she sent her son to prep this year (his birthday is a few days before my DS2)
My DS has just started pre this week. He turns 5 this week, but wow I can see I should have kept him back, did not realise what they expect of them in prep. And he hates it too.
Oh that sucks! It's a big change for child 5 days a week 6 hrs a day!! I look at my 4.5 yr old and I'm glad I've kept her back!
Thanks for everyone's opinions on this. Really great to read.
My DD is born 16 July and is now able to go to prep next year ( thanks to the new 31st july cutoff). She'll be 4.5 if I send her next year and I just don't know what would be best for her.
Her daycare have told me that she is ready to be enrolled in their Kindy program, so I thought I'd agree to her being in the kindy program.
Does anyone know if she'll be able to repeat kindy next year, if she's not ready for prep?
Also, what is prep like? Is it basically grade 1, but been rebranded as prep?
Here in Melbourne you can repeat the council run 3yr old, but very difficult to repeat the 4yr old.
However, in daycare it should be easy to repeat 4yr old kinder.
My son turned 5 last August and is starting prep tomorrow at aged 5.5yrs.
I'm in Vic. My son is a Feb child 4 turning 5. We have opted to hold him back. Apparently no one regrets holding their kids back. Interesting most mums from my mothers group with same aged kids have done the same too..
And 2 blue birds he is repeating 4yo kinder. Wasn't as hard as ppl make out!
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