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    Default Advice wanted re what age preschool?

    Dd is turning 3 at the end of January- should I try and put her in preschool next year?
    I know the trend is to send kids to school born in january is when they are 5 going on 6 so that would mean 3 years of preschool?!?

    On the other hand I will be busy with a baby as I'm pregnant and she's never been in a formal care setting...

    So should dd go to preschool (if I can get a spot) or wait another year?

    Any advice would be great I'm so confused.

    Eta: I'd rather not send her to CC as being on maternity leave I simply won't be able to afford 1-2 days in childcare either, and rather people who needed cc have the spot)
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    Default Advice wanted re what age preschool?

    I'm not sure what state you are in but in SA a child starts preschool the year they are turning 4 provided their birthday is before the end of April. 2 of my 4 daughters have been and it really helped settled them into school the following year. I would think waiting out another year would be better.

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    DS started 3 year old pre school last year 2 days a week and loved it ( 9.30-3.30pm) he's 4 now and still does 2 days and will start kindergarten next year ( turns 5 in October)

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    Depending on what state and/or council area you are in three year old preschool may just be one or two sessions a week of 2-3 hours. Private centres may offer longer programs. Also, 3 year old pre-school is not government funded so per hour is generally more expensive than 4yo pre-school and cost varies from program to program. But 4yo has more contact hours.

    That said I would try and enrol my child. Especially if you are going to be busy with a bub they may enjoy that bit of extra social activity and learning. Toward the end of the 3 year old program the teacher may be able to give you an indication of whether they recommend progressing to a 4 yo program or not. Even if she does progress to the 4yo program there is still the option to do a second year of funded 4yo if the teachers recommends your child is not ready for school yet at the end of the year.

    All kids are different and some benefit from waiting an extra year but some are just ready to go depending on their personality.

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