I am in qld and could have delayed ds1 to start this year instead of last year (which I wish I did) and my next door neighbour whos son goes to same school did hold her son back and he went into prep not year 1
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19-03-2013 15:16 #61Senior Member
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19-03-2013 15:16 #62
I have several friends who are primary school teachers in the brisbane/gold coast area and they have all confirmed that it is incredibly difficult to hold them back here and most teachers recommend against it.
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19-03-2013 15:52 #65
Well our experience was all NO NO NO. Can't delay, no chance, we (qld education) know best.
It may be that some people know of one person who could and did delay (which is great, I truly believe it should be a more available option) but from my personal experience and from talking to other parents and teachers it is not easy to delay starting prep.
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19-03-2013 16:18 #66Senior Member
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Im born on the 29th of June so i was always the youngest.
I never noticed it being an issue until I did my HSC & 1st year uni and i was such a 'baby' in hindsight. I couldnt think for myself and really struggled to be mature and to make decisions that would impact me/my career for the rest of my life.
I was 1 year too young i think, by the time i was 18.5, (one year later), my head was much more in the right place.
Ah what to do with my kids now...
19-03-2013 17:23 #67
See I think what a lot of you are talking about comes down to school policy on dealing with children at different levels - if they are advanced academically the school needs to be able to support that, it shouldn't mean sending them young. To me it says more about finding for gifted kids and availability of quality preschool program's than age. I think every child should go in the year they turn six, with teachers given the training and financial support to deal with the full spectrum of abilities of that age group. Again if it was uniform across the country with one year for all, then none of us would have to agonise like we do.
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19-03-2013 17:46 #68
My DD is in early May so well within the QLD cut off, however we've recently moved interstate to where the cutoff is the end of April. We eventually want to move back to QLD but DD will probably already be in primary school by that time and (provided she's ready to go) I'd rather let her be in the same year as her QLD counterparts will be!
I guess I'm a bit biased too as I was one of the oldest in my year (due to an interstate move) I was bored in class, there were people in the year above me who I got along better with than the ones in my year, and as a PP said I hated being in an older bracket than most other people for sports! So I know I'm biased there. But would appreciate any stories of people who've managed to start their kids early
19-03-2013 17:49 #69
Apologies if this is slightly off track, but has anyone had experience with prems being held down due to the corrected age falling within the next school year?
DD is only 10 months, but our situation will be this: here we have 1 July cut off, her birthday is end of May, so she will be amongst the youngest. However, her due date was early September - and developmentally everything is centred around this, if not slightly delayed further by her difficult start. So if she was born on her due date (or even 8 weeks before!) she should be in the group that starts the following year.
Would it be expected she start by her correct age? I know a lot of prems don't even use corrected age nearing school age, but for such a micro prem I am told it still may be used if her development reflects it.
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