I vaguely remember hearing something about prep finally becoming compulsory in QLD soon? Hopefully that happens so it won't be an issue.
So lucky where I live, there's a few schools with catchments but if get in early enough (only a year though so nothing OTT) you can pick where you want to go really easily. The majority though don't even have enrolment management plans/catchments. Well I guess they probably do in a sense, but it's a non issue here. I'd hate to have catchment issues to deal with!
Bond Girl (24-05-2016)
I think 4/5 is too young for school (I think 5/6 is too young too).. Wait til he's older.
I really think it depends on the child, DS has 2 friends in his class who turned 5 this year, one in feb and one in March, the Feb one really struggled first term whereas the March one was just as enthusiastic and ready as DS ( he turned 5 in October last year) our school has a April 30 cut off , as mentioned only 2 out of the 19 boys just turned 5 , the rest are all turning 6 this year
It's so frustrating how different states have different cut offs!!! Last I checked it was 30 June here in QLD (as it briefly changed to July at some point last year). So there's me thinking a Feb birthday isn't too bad but I guess it is if the cut off is April in other states!
My 5yo was certainly ready for school and has thrived. It's so much easier dropping him off than at kindy (daycare). He loves it. :-)
I think state schools in NSW are still end of July ( which I think is too long ) but our school ( private) is April
My son turned 5 in March. We are in Vic.
I sent him to kinder last year. Everyone was saying he was ready.
Middle of term 1 i caught up with the teacher (i was curious) and asked on his progress. He was also borderline.
As the year went on it was obvious to me that he wasn't ready. His peers we're drawing and writing and my son barely drew a circle or line. He was off with the fairies at group time and a few other things.
We made the decision for him to repeat kinder this year and it was definitely the best choice. He is so much more mature and He is now writing and starting to draw pictures etc.
His teacher initially made the process of applying for a second year of kinder very long and tedious however It was not as bad as it was made to sound.
Ds2 is april and he won't go to kinder until he is 4 turning 5. And prep at 5 turning 6
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