There's so much more thought and consideration that needs to go into this than what they are up to right now.
I've had a skim read through all the comments. Honestly I do think this is a case by case..individual basis.
I actually went to school early.
I was the youngest and tiniest (I'm short!) All the way through school.
Into high school the youngest. ...finished high school at 16 in year 12. Started uni when I had just turned 17.
But I had gone to a kindy when I was little and I was ready. Mum tells I was mature and social and quite smart.
Fron my personal experience it never ever bothered me. Ever. Didn't care that I was the youngest or anything. Never was behind either.
I'm a teacher but I haven't taught prep or early years. But I have had a few 'youngies' in my class that really needed to repeat by the time they got to year 3 or 4. Boys moreso than girls.
I do think high school is a relevant point.
I turned 16 at the start of Year 12. I was the youngest in my year. I found it very tricky the year after school finished, when all of my friends were turning 18 and doing what 18 year olds do. I felt very excluded socially and did go illegally into clubs and pubs just so I could hang out with my friends. It caused conflict with my mum.
Not directed at you OP, just a general point to consider :-)
My DD will start school in Feb 2017 and will turn 5 on 2 March. Would everyone who say 4 is too young to start school put my DD in the 4 year old category because she's tech let 4 when she starts or not as she'll only be 1 month off being 5?
I guess this thing is that it seems most parents hold their kids back the extra year, so it's not as though you'll have a class of half younger kids half older kids, the vast majority of kids will probably be older and bigger. So if you think your kid is ready you just have to make sure you're ok with your child always being the youngest against his peers. Another year at home or in preschool won't hurt them. I've talked to quite a few teachers and preschool teachers (because I have a kid on the cusp) and they said they rarely see a younger child not struggle against their peers, especially boys.
Preschool is a good option because it gets them used to being in the classroom and all of that. I thought all kids in NSW did preschool? They do in ACT.
Jontu - I think you've had lots of sound advice here from teachers, parents, and personal experiences cautioning against sending a July baby to school at 4.5 years. However, you sound confident that your DS is ready now, and you don't seem to be worried that your son will be up to 18 months younger than most of his peers. So, good luck with kindy this year. I hope your DS has lots of fun
Last edited by Full House; 26-01-2016 at 09:31.
I've been reading along with interest as my DD was born at the end of June so (if we are still in QLD) would start school at 4.5. That hadn't really bothered me as I thought that the starting age was pretty much set in stone and therefore the kids in her class would only be a maximum of one year older than her (and someone always has to be the youngest!). But reading this thread I'm thinking that it would be more like an 18 month gap and if we move interstate then a 2 year gap. That's a big gap.... Anyway that's a few years away.
As others has stated, why on earth isn't it standard in Australia!?
We moved interstate when I was a kid and somehow my brother ended up starting year 1 when he was 4 years old, I think due some confusion over naming conventions between states and also my parents being from overseas didn't understand the Australian school system. Even back then it was young. So he started uni at 16!
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