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    Default To parents in Vic (or schools with prep starting age 5/6)

    I disagree with a lot in this article. I felt it over exaggerated the number of children who were 5 turning 6 in the first term of school. One mother quoted said she repeated her son because he was a year behind all the other kids when the article stated that only 17% of children started school at almost 6.

    Four year old children shouldn't be sitting in a classroom. Just because they are academically ready it doesn't mean they are ready in other aspects of their development. And it's not the first year of school that has to be considered, it's high school, puberty, etc.

    If you look at the highest ranking education systems of oecd countries around the world, every country in the top 10 has a starting age of at least 6 and some with a starting age of 7 or 8. Australia currently ranks 14th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I disagree with a lot in this article. I felt it over exaggerated the number of children who were 5 turning 6 in the first term of school. One mother quoted said she repeated her son because he was a year behind all the other kids when the article stated that only 17% of children started school at almost 6.Four year old children shouldn't be sitting in a classroom. Just because they are academically ready it doesn't mean they are ready in other aspects of their development. And it's not the first year of school that has to be considered, it's high school, puberty, etc. If you look at the highest ranking education systems of oecd countries around the world, every country in the top 10 has a starting age of at least 6 and some with a starting age of 7 or 8. Australia currently ranks 14th.
    Thanks for your feedback Ill look into it. What do you think of this piece?http://www.safeschoolshub.edu.au/doc...art_school.doc

    ps- I'm also worried that my son will be bored doing another year at his kinder. He is starting to draw, write name and read / sound very small words. To me he seems able to handle social situations, so we'll just have to wait and see in term 3.

    When his teacher said borderline, it was more attention and corporation. That may improve in the next few months ??

    I also want to clarify that you'll be turning 5 on the 10th of Feb, so he won't be 4.5yrs
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I disagree with a lot in this article. I felt it over exaggerated the number of children who were 5 turning 6 in the first term of school. One mother quoted said she repeated her son because he was a year behind all the other kids when the article stated that only 17% of children started school at almost 6.

    Four year old children shouldn't be sitting in a classroom. Just because they are academically ready it doesn't mean they are ready in other aspects of their development. And it's not the first year of school that has to be considered, it's high school, puberty, etc.

    If you look at the highest ranking education systems of oecd countries around the world, every country in the top 10 has a starting age of at least 6 and some with a starting age of 7 or 8. Australia currently ranks 14th.
    I agree with everything you've said. From my experience of volunteering in prep classrooms in my DD's school for three years the teachers expectations are quite high, and they don't appear to take into account the age of the child. There's such a big difference between a 4.5yr old and 5.5yr old but they are expected to behave in the appropriate way 100% of the time and are disciplined quite harshly in my opinion when they don't.

    I hope that my DD's school is the exception to the norm. My experiences have shaped our views and our sons won't be attending the school.

    I do have an off topic question that I was hoping you could provide some insight for BRV. With uni courses now specifically for early childhood why do schools still have teachers taking prep-grade 2/3 classes who don't have this degree? One of my main issues with my DD's school is the unreasonable expectations they place on 4/5/6 year olds. They want them to act like 8/9/10 year olds

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    My DS turned 5 in February, but we decided to start him at school in 2017 (I'm in NSW). It's a no-brainer for us - he simply wasn't ready to start this year (he has additional needs - ASD).

    This year he attends preschool 3 days per week and also attends an early intervention class 1 day a week. I feel like he'll come a long way this year and be so much better prepared for next year.

    I think the decision to send them when they're that bit younger really depends on the child, but in most cases I think it's beneficial to wait (especially if they're 'borderline ready'). I have a friend who'll be starting her 4 year old next year (April born), so we'll both have children in the same year of school but my son is 14 months older!

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    This article is very relevant.

    http://theconversation.com/why-are-more-parents-choosing-to-delay-when-their-child-starts-school-59375

    This trend for so many parents to delay sending their kids to school has wider implications for children, teachers, schools and the community. In my view, kids starting Prep close to 6 should be the absolute exception not the norm. People need to think bigger picture and not just about their individual precious darlings (this is my general view, not a response to any comments here.)

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    This is a question that only you can answer. Every child is so completely different. I recommend googling Kathy Walker and school readiness. She has lots of interesting points to helping you make a decision.

    My DS is a March baby and I had to make this decision last year. He is extremely bright and picks things up very quickly but he struggles with making friends. In the end I decided that giving him a second year at kindy would do him no harm but sending him to school may mean he struggled. I also said that the middle of this year would be the ideal time to send him and I was spot on 😊

    He is now a "leader" at kindy rather than a follower and he has made lots of friends and even has a best buddy. So, for him, I think it was the right decision to give him another year at kindy.

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    It's definitely a child by child decision. I'm a prep teacher, and my DS is a fen baby. I was faced with the same decision and found it just as hard as everyone else!

    He went to school last year, 4 turning 5, and it was the best thing for him. He has honestly thrived, socially and intellectually. He is actually ahead in most areas, which I didn't expect at all as he is definitely a boys boy.

    People argue that he'll be too young to drink/drive in year 12, but that's something that I actually prefer! Less distractions hopefully. DD was just born in March so I'll face the same decision in a few years time.

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    I think also OP check if the school has composite classes, my SIL friend started her son last year at 4.5 ( June birthday) but this year he was put in a year 1/2 composite class so he is 5 and he is in the same class as 8 year olds! He wasn't coping so she started him at a new school this term

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    No composite classes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truffle View Post
    This is a question that only you can answer. Every child is so completely different. I recommend googling Kathy Walker and school readiness. She has lots of interesting points to helping you make a decision.

    My DS is a March baby and I had to make this decision last year. He is extremely bright and picks things up very quickly but he struggles with making friends. In the end I decided that giving him a second year at kindy would do him no harm but sending him to school may mean he struggled. I also said that the middle of this year would be the ideal time to send him and I was spot on ������

    He is now a "leader" at kindy rather than a follower and he has made lots of friends and even has a best buddy. So, for him, I think it was the right decision to give him another year at kindy.
    This was exactly us! My March born DD thrived with another year at kinder.


 

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