Ofcourse pre schools are useful for preparing children for school vic park! That's what they're for. That's my job. Our number one aim is to get each and every child ready for school.
Our whole program is school readiness and some of it's play based. We are structured and do a lot of learning.
I'm not taking about daycare either, I'm talking about pre schools being funded. They come under the federal government in nsw and parents aren't entitled to any benefits. My centre is $45 for a day 9:15 to 3:15. Children bring their own lunch and morning tea. No nappies and ages 3-5. 3yr olds go for one day and 4-5 are allowed for 2-3 days.
I wish there were more proper pre schools, they seem to be very rare. They're so beneficial for children. I don't think it's he kindergarten teachers job to get a child ready for school, they should be running into those schoo gates ready to learn
That's interesting as most teachers on here and and from our pre school have said they prefer the kids not to know too much before they start school - as is reading/writing etc they just prefer them to know how to go to the toilet by themselves and know how to take instructions - my DS went to 4 year old pre school (NSW) 2 days a week and it was definitely play based, the only thing they did was get them to write their names , know the letters of the alphabet and count to 20
I can see now he is in year 1 and with a lot of work he is improving and catching up. But it's only now that he has turned 6 that he understands why he is in school.
I was really shocked at the amount of work they do in kindy, it was very structured and full on.
Thankfully we don't have to make the decision because DS1 turns 5 in October so he's starting kindergarten at the end of jan next year. I think he could probably start school even now if we had the choice to enrol him. He's bright enough and enjoys writing, counting, and listening to stories (also reciting stories by memory).. but he does have issue controlling his emotions. I doubt that will change much in the next 5 months as he's had issues with this as long as I can remember.
You can't draw a line based purely on age and say every one to the left isn't ready for school and everyone to the right is. Readiness involves a combination of factors. Age can offer a very rough guesstimate on whether a child *may* be ready, but that's it. A guesstimate.
Ladies: When it comes down to it, have an honest chat with your child's preschool teacher about their readiness signs and use that to help you decide whether or not to send your child to big school. Don't rely too much on a bunch of ladies online (myself included) who bang on about they did this, they did that, they knew a kid who was XYZ age and was/wasn't ready. Chat with your own child's preschool teacher.
Last edited by VicPark; 21-08-2016 at 16:35.
Little Miss Sunshine (21-08-2016)
I can't believe how heated this topic is. Considering every child is so different I don't think a completely blanket age should be considered. My children all boys were not ready until 5 so I held them back that's not saying all children should be but my eldest has thrived at school because of it and my second who has autism and a intellectual disability I wouldn't of considered starting him any earlier.
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