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    Default Need to understand NSW school system

    Hi everyone,

    Can anyone explain the NSW preschool and primary school system to me? I am totally new to this as I am not from Oz... What age do they start school? What about before then, kindy, preschool, daycare kindy? What is the difference? When do I need to decide and how do I get on the wait list? DS is 1 and born in September, does that make him one of the older or younger ones?

    Any good websites that have this info, or anyone know of any independent reviews of the schools I can read?

    Thank you, I am really very confused!

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    in queensland te child has to be 5 before june 30th to go that year not sure what cut off is for nsw !!

    in nsw kindergarten is the first yeat of actual school! preschool at 3 and 4 years old is optional but most children tend to go is nprmally like 3 days 8-2 sort of thing

    daycare is previous to school instrad of preschool ( longer hpurs normally 6-6) most now also havr a 'preschool' program for the older kids

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    I live in NSW. Kids have to start kinder the year they turn 6 but you can send them a year early.

    Pre school is basically preparation for school. They learn to write their name, socialise, they have show and tell, they practice fine and gross motor skills, counting. IMO it's crucial before kinder and it's much better than daycare.

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    In NSW if they turn 5 by the 31st of July they start school that year. Otherwise they wait until the following year as you DS would, making him one of the older children in his year group.
    Daycare and preschool availability and wait lists would vary amongst different areas,

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    In NSW if they turn 5 by the 31st of July they start school that year. Otherwise they wait until the following year as you DS would, making him one of the older children in his year group.
    Daycare and preschool availability and wait lists would vary amongst different areas,
    They don't have to start school if they turn 5 by July, they can start the following year if the parents choose.

    Your child will be zoned to a public school according to your address. You may apply out if area if you wish, or send your child to a private school.
    Last edited by BigRedV; 14-10-2012 at 11:36.

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    They don't have to start school if they turn 5 by July, they can start the following year if the parents choose.
    No of course not but i'm sure most would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    No of course not but i'm sure most would.
    not really. My children are May and July, I am not sending either of them. My daughter is 4, turning 5 in may, she will be going to per school 2 days next year, not school.

    I'm also a teacher and most do keep their child back, especially if they're born after April.

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    not really. My children are May and July, I am not sending either of them. My daughter is 4, turning 5 in may, she will be going to per school 2 days next year, not school.

    I'm also a teacher and most do keep their child back, especially if they're born after April.
    I personally don't know anyone who has and wouldn't myself. My DS only just misses the school cut off date which i find a bit annoying.

    I was just stating the general rule in my original post. Obviously this can and is varied at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I personally don't know anyone who has and wouldn't myself. My DS only just misses the school cut off date which i find a bit annoying.

    I was just stating the general rule in my original post. Obviously this can and is varied at times.
    Why do you find it annoying? Is he born in August?

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    Why do you find it annoying? Is he born in August?
    Yes right at the beginning. I just don't see how waiting another year would make him any more 'ready'.


 

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