Last edited by VicPark; 10-09-2016 at 20:17.
I don't think the answer is to make everyone send their kids early bc you want to. I'm genuinely not wanting to be awful - it's just I've seen this argument lots on here lately and it's illogical. Parents wanting to send their kids early are angry at other parents who don't, bc the latter child is going to be more mature/older. Isn't that really the answer to your question? If you don't believe your turning 5 yo is going to have the equivalent maturity than maybe the best thing is to do another year of preprep/pre school (I don't know what state you are in).
You can't be annoyed at parents who are trying to do the best for their child, often at great financial expense, by sending their child turning 6 which is within the rules. My 3rd child is right around this time period too, so I could send him turning 5. But we will enrol him turning 6 bc I believe that's what's best for him. I can't be expected to send him early in order to make him the same age as the young ones
Base your decision on your child and whether he will cope socially, emotionally, academically.
Last edited by delirium; 10-09-2016 at 20:15.
On the whole pre school vs daycare school program (I'm in NSW). I personally believe pre school is vastly better. Here pre school teachers have early childhood degrees when child care workers don't. They are still more play based than kinder but far more geared towards school readiness. That's not running down DC centres or their workers, they do an amazing job. But for *my* kids, the year before proper school is always pre school.
I also believe that some parents tell themselves their kids are ready when they aren't bc for various reasons they want them at school. Of course some *are* ready, but some really aren't. And the teachers or school are then blamed for the child struggling.
Obviously this is my opinion.
I've worked in a lot of centres. I've worked in very few with a long day care for 4 year olds that don't spend time interacting with younger children, and none that have the same sort of structure and feel of a sessional kinder program. Despite being run by qualified kinder teachers, many of them and certainly most of the support staff have a day care mentality- they do things quite differently to a sessional kinder.
It doesn't mean it's worse, in my opinion, just different. In fact I prefer it for my children as I feel one last year of being little before school is actually a good thing. As I said in a previous post, my DS adjusted really well to school. It's not about great vs not great, it's just about recognising that there ARE real differences.
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