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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I don't get the financial argument. Sure Childcare is expensive but they would have already been paying Childcare fees in previous years and budgeted for that. I had 3 in daycare at one stage for 12 months and my eldest could've started school that year here in NSW at aged 4 being born in May so I could've only had 2 in daycare but that's not the right reason to send your child to school.
    I completely get it - we pay $1500 a fortnight for childcare but that will increase to $3000 a fortnight once the rebate is gone (for about 4-5 months each financial year). It's not necessarily right but I completely get the argument! Public schooling is nothing compared to that

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    And what about the kids turning 5 in December, starting school in Jan/Feb then they're in a class with kids turning 6 early the year because their parents held them back so they're not the youngest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I find it interesting that the people getting defensive about parents using their right to send their children to school later are the ones who sent their children or are planning to send their children at 4.
    .... It's no more interesting than people supportive of delayed schooling (despite not delaying be a legal right) being the ones who plan on sending their kids when they are 5 or 6.

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    I think there is no simple answer to this question - it depends so much on the individual child, what's right for one may not be right for another. There are so many factors to consider with prep readiness. And individual schools also need to be considered - and unfortunately what state you live in (as the minimum age and minimum consideration age differ between states). No wonder people get confused.

    Unless you're planning on moving state anytime soon (which might influence your decision), I would be having a discussion with the principal (and potentially a prep teacher if available) at your school of choice to help decide when is best for your individual child.

    As a mother of a child who was born on the cusp (in qld, so a July baby), and also having had the 'consideration age' shifted by one month just this year, I understand the dilemma. We chose not to change his starting year (next year) just because the state suddenly extended the age by a few weeks. And our principal prefers children to start later rather than earlier, unless under exceptional circumstances (all children must have an interview with both principal and prep teachers). We are fortunate however, that our school caters for the more advanced children (in addition to those needing extra help). I was a little worried my DS2 would become bored as he is quite advanced academically (but may not have been ready socially this year).

    I think it's important to have this discussion with your specific preferred school.

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    .... It's no more interesting than people supportive of delayed schooling (despite not delaying be a legal right) being the ones who plan on sending their kids when they are 5 or 6.
    I'm in NSW. I could send my May and July children the year they were 4 turning 5 or 5 turning 6. It is not actually a legal requirement for children to be enrolled in school in NSW until 6 years old so I'm not sure what legalities you're talking about. I exercised my right to choose the best time for my children to start school and that wasn't breaking any rules or laws.

    In actual fact, school is not even compulsory in every single state and territory for children until 6 years of age except Tasmania where it is 5. So in other words, school is not even a legal requirement until your child turns 6 (or 5 if you're in Tasmania.)

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    http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/media/...nd_schools.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    And what about the kids turning 5 in December, starting school in Jan/Feb then they're in a class with kids turning 6 early the year because their parents held them back so they're not the youngest?
    I've stayed out of this one so far because I don't really have the energy for it. But I personally believe kids are far far more ready to start school at age 5 turning 6, rather than 4 turning 5. I am a prep teacher, so know my sh!t when it comes to this.

    For me, it has nothing to do with wanting *my* child to be older in comparison to their peers. It's wanting my child to be closer to age 6 than age 4, because I strongly believe and support the research that says 5- 6 year olds are far more ready to learn in a classroom environment and meet thr demands of school, and most 4 year olds are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I'm in NSW. I could send my May and July children the year they were 4 turning 5 or 5 turning 6. It is not actually a legal requirement for children to be enrolled in school in NSW until 6 years old so I'm not sure what legalities you're talking about. I exercised my right to choose the best time for my children to start school and that wasn't breaking any rules or laws.

    In actual fact, school is not even compulsory in every single state and territory for children until 6 years of age except Tasmania where it is 5. So in other words, school is not even a legal requirement until your child turns 6 (or 5 if you're in Tasmania.)

    ETA - FYI vicpark

    http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/media/...nd_schools.pdf

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    You've missed my point.

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    I think the individual schools approach to the prep learning is a huge factor as well.
    My DS is a Jan baby and started this year at just gone 5. His school is probably close to 30% play based learning in prep and he is thriving.
    If the school was quite structured from prep (I have friends with kids at school where preps have homework etc) I might have held back a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmaf View Post
    I think the individual schools approach to the prep learning is a huge factor as well.
    My DS is a Jan baby and started this year at just gone 5. His school is probably close to 30% play based learning in prep and he is thriving.
    If the school was quite structured from prep (I have friends with kids at school where preps have homework etc) I might have held back a year.
    This is likely going to factor a lot in my decision. Ds is a jan baby too and originally I thought I would want to send him at 6 rather than 5. But as he has gotten older I've started to think he would be better off starting at 5.

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    I'll put all my cards on the table here, my DD *may* benefit from staying home until 5 turning 6 (but like I said is ready next year but even more ready the year after - whose kid wouldn't be more ready if at a delayed start) but there's no way in hell she's staying at home another year.

    I need her to go to school next year and if the rules in SA allow it (which they do) she's going to school.

    Yes she will be the youngest but the same daily routine 5 days a week (instead of the 4 different routines throughout the week) will do her good too - she's a stickler for a routine and I finally since the day she was born will get a tiny ounce of my sanity back.

    So my reasons are 2 fold. Judge all you like but sending MY DD at 4 turning 5, 5ish weeks into the school is best for OUR family.

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