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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Yeh, see this is how much it varies from state to state.

    Majority of pre schools in nsw operate separately to schools.

    There are not many preschools attached to public schools.

    I know there are pre schools attached to private schools and assume that these are the ones that expect children to wear the uniform.

    Could be wrong, though
    Yeah this is what I'm talking about.

    Preschools around here have nothing to do with school at all.
    Re. uniforms, rarely there might be a preschool around here that makes a cutesy "class of 2015" etc tshirt, but it's not a uniform.

    I daresay that even the preschools that are attached to primary schools are not really set up with all the parental involvement that school is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I daresay that even the preschools that are attached to primary schools are not really set up with all the parental involvement that school is.
    What do you mean? I've been on the PandC, worked in the canteen and participated in just as much at the school irregardless of what year my kids were in

    I think the op is not describing a preschool which is separate from a school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    What do you mean? I've been on the PandC, worked in the canteen and participated in just as much at the school irregardless of what year my kids were in

    I think the op is not describing a preschool which is separate from a school.
    Don't forget parent help and helping on excursions. We're in WA too and kindy is the start of school here. Not a program to get ready for school. I didn't realise it varied so much from State to state!

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    Ok so to clarify, I'm sending my daughter to a private 'pre school' for 3-4 year olds. Generally in my state, children start kindergarten when they are 4 turning 5, and these are attached to the schools. They are just like a regular school day, they wear uniform etc, and attend 15 hours a week. So my DD is a year younger than this age but some private schools here offer pre school the year before kinder, it's just a little more structured than daycare (ie 9am-3pm, wearing a uniform) and more geared towards a 'learning' environment. So I'm aware not much will change for me next year, I was just curious as to how they might as the years go on and she's in the normal school environment. Should have been more specific

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    I love having my kids at school! We have a fantastic school community which then just extends out to the general community. In fact, there's 30+ families organising a camping trip for the second year running, that's how good the community is. My DH didn't have friends that liked to actually socialise (all computer nerds) but now he has a great circle of friends that he catches up with regularly.
    The downside to school is - the afternoons and evenings are super busy with after school activities, getting ready for the next day, readers, etc. It's madness!
    I heard so many stories of cliquey mothers and school playground politics, but my experience has been the complete opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    I love having my kids at school! We have a fantastic school community which then just extends out to the general community. In fact, there's 30+ families organising a camping trip for the second year running, that's how good the community is. My DH didn't have friends that liked to actually socialise (all computer nerds) but now he has a great circle of friends that he catches up with regularly.
    The downside to school is - the afternoons and evenings are super busy with after school activities, getting ready for the next day, readers, etc. It's madness!
    I heard so many stories of cliquey mothers and school playground politics, but my experience has been the complete opposite.
    This is a great story! Thanks for sharing! This is what school was like for me as a kid, all the families were very close. I hope it will be the same for DD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amcyus View Post
    This is a great story! Thanks for sharing! This is what school was like for me as a kid, all the families were very close. I hope it will be the same for DD.
    It's amazing. I didn't have this growing up, and I am constantly telling my kids how lucky they are.

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    We used to head out to the park/beach at 8ish every morning and go out every afternoon. Now school pickup/drop off/reading groups etc takes a good 2hrs each day. Afternoons are spent doing homework and swimming lessons.


    I am really struggling with the adjustment to main****** schooling and questioning whether we send our boys or homeschool when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just her chameleon View Post
    We used to head out to the park/beach at 8ish every morning and go out every afternoon. Now school pickup/drop off/reading groups etc takes a good 2hrs each day. Afternoons are spent doing homework and swimming lessons.


    I am really struggling with the adjustment to main****** schooling and questioning whether we send our boys or homeschool when the time comes.
    Out of curiosity...are your boys coping well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Out of curiosity...are your boys coping well?
    They are only two and four, so not at school yet. From what I've seen over the past almost two years, I am dreading them starting school. It's so rigid and controlling and they expect so much from 4-6year old kids.


 

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