My dd turned 4 in January and currently attends a community based preschool for 3 days a week. We plan to start her in school next year (we are in nsw, so she will start kindergarten at the local primary school).
She loves preschool at the moment and is very excited to start big school next year.
However, lately I have noticed that alot of parents are holding their children back a year so in her music class that she goes to once a week there are kids who have already turned five which means they will be turning six at the beginning of school.
My worry is that at this age there can be such a huge difference in kids a year apart. I know with my dd she can make huge leaps in what she can do etc in just a matter of months. I am concerned that with all the older kids she will get left a bit behind. As it is in music I was amazed at what some of the other kids are able to do and their level of confidence compared with my dd.
At a school readiness session I went to one of the teachers mentioned that most parents now are opting to delay starting school as much as possible so that when they are doing the hsc they are more mature and therefore do better.
I'm not sure what to do.... Send her next year as planned or wait another year. Does anyone have any experience in this?