"Holding kids back" is just a term. We all know what that means and it is used by many parents who decide to wait until their kids are turning 6. It's not being said in a negative way nor meant to have negative connotations.
Interestingly, if the op was in your state, this wouldn't even be a debate as the cut off is 30th April so she would have no choice but to keep him in daycare for another year.
And on the point that you say that too many parents are keeping their kids home. That is rubbish. Majority of parents do not keep their kids home another year. It is something that is increasing in certain areas/suburbs. Majority of which are educated and middle to high income earners.
Also, starting early isnt the norm/ following the rules, & keeping back isnt breaking the rules (to a pp). Children have to start school by the year they turn 6. No earlier. So starting earlier IS the parents choice, but waiting until they are 6 is an equally ok choice. It does mean that I would teach kids with 1 yr 4 months potential age difference in SA. I would prefer the cut off to be end of march instead of april. Waiting until the child is 6 is not 'holding them back'. Its waiting until they are ready.
Also,if a child is 'bored' (I hate that word!) - if their academic level is not catered to, it is the teachers responsibility to ensure the individual child is catered to across all learning areas. Usually a class wouls have around 3-5 'groups' for different subject areas, particularly reading and spelling. The top group may only have 2 or 3 children in it if need be. Children are rarely 'skipped'these days - it is only ever recommended if the child is working significantly above the year ABOVE them,so must be around 2 years ahead in all areas, including socially and emotionally, to be 'skipped'.
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