I'm not saying my right to send her in the year she is deemed suitable to trump the rights of holding a kid back.
I'm comfortable with her going at 4 even if there are kids who are 18 months older. I just feel bad for the kids who are in the same boat when their parents feel forced to keep their kids back until the year after they're deemed suitable because they worry about their kids being behind socially. Especially those who can't afford to keep their kids at home.
Green Cheese (18-08-2016)
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 think for some families, the decision to send their child to school at 4 IS about saving money, and criticising other parents who 'hold back' their children makes them feel more comfortable about their own decision (please note I'm not accusing you of this).
I do completely agree that it is not a reason to push your child into school when they are 4 if you are not really confident that they are ready though.
My DS could have started school this year - instead I have chosen to send him to preschool 3 days a week costing me over 6K for the year. It's barely affordable, but it's the best preparation I can give him for school next year. No way was he ready at the start of this year.
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