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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey'sMummy View Post
    when I lived in Melbourne, it was the opposite -- people were more inclined to want to hold their kids back a year....
    I'm from Melbourne and this is what I think. My bub's due in January and I will be very reluctant to start them early. My niece was born in Jan and started early; she's going very well but I think that's because she's very on the ball intellectually and socially. It really depends on the kid.

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    I don't think January is early.

    Majority of people still send their kids the year they are able to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Age has nothing to do with intelligence. It's more about maturity, social skills, loads of other things. Academics is not even something I consider when thinking if sending a child early or not.

    I had a girl in my class once who was way younger than others (was put into the wrong year when she moved interstate) and she was by far the smartest in the class. She was a lot less mature than the other kids and cried easily over small things. When I realised her birthday (October when cut off is July in NSW) it made sense.
    This is so true BRV!!! I have had so many parents over the years that I've been teaching worrying about the fact that their child can't count to 10 or recognise the letters of the alphabet. I always tell them that those things are for us to worry about - you work on their social skills and ability to cope with different situations!!! Teach them to manage their belongings and self-help skills. I had one mother tell me she wasn't going to send her daughter "early" (turned 5 in December) so she could teach her to read! Argh that's OUR job - you work on the social and emotional skills and leave the academics to us teachers!

    Sorry about the rant

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    I just think schooling should be how it used to be in that everyone born in the same year were in the same year at school.

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    I haven't read all the replies so sorry if this is a silly comment but I was told the cut off was April 30? Any kids born after that start the following year?? No??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerFun View Post
    I haven't read all the replies so sorry if this is a silly comment but I was told the cut off was April 30? Any kids born after that start the following year?? No??
    This is true for Victoria. Each state has their own cut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I just think schooling should be how it used to be in that everyone born in the same year were in the same year at school.
    I don't ever remember it being like that. I'm on NSW so could be different in other states?

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    In Queensland enrolments used to be based on the Jan-December calendar year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    In Queensland enrolments used to be based on the Jan-December calendar year.
    And everyone who turned 5 had to start school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    And everyone who turned 5 had to start school?
    No - they started grade 1 the year they turned 6.

    There was no 'prep' year.


 

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