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    Default Should DS be older or younger a through school?

    DS bday is late Dec and he is faced with being the youngest all through school or the oldest. Looking on to year 12 he'll go in at age 17 and turn 18 at the end or go in age 18 and turn 19 at the end. Everyone else will have bdays throughout the year turning 18. I was younger and it was not a good thing socially but he'll seem really old by the time he finishes. Anyone else have this problem?

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    my ds has just finished Year 12 ( last week) and he was 18 in May.. My DD will be 18 in the oct she is in Year 12.. Personally I don't think it matters but its up ti the parents/child....

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    Yep we're in the same boat wth DS.

    After much thought & discussion we're holding him back..

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    Boys usually mature slower, so as a general rule, I would say its better for him to be older. MIL used to be a primary school teacher and recommended that my DS (April baby) wait until the year he turns 6 before going to school.

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    DS will be turning 7 the year he starts but it won't be for the full 12 months after starting. He can start the year he turns 6 but will have just turned 5 the month before where as other kids will be like 5 and 9m or more he'll be 5 and one month. He's at a private school and doing the preschool program there so there is a lot of flexibility. I'm happy for him to stay in the early years longer as I think they benefit a lot but thinking of the older years.

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    what State are you in? in vic, the cutoff is april 30, i think nsw is june. so, a december baby definitely won't be the youngest in the class.

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    July 30the in NSW, my boy is on the 29th so it was recommended we hold of until the year he turns 6. I agree, he just seems a bit little for next year. I think it really depends on the child tbh.

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    Which state still follows a jan-dec cutoff?

    My bday is the end of dec so growing up I was always the youngest in my year. But I was bright (have killed all my brain cells now though) and female.

    It really depends on the child although it is recommended by some that boys start later I possible.

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    Double triple and quadruple check with your school first! I know a family who held their child back as they thought he wasn't ready...when they rocked up at school the following year the kid had to go into the appropriate grade by age. So then not only was he the youngest, he was also lacking in a year of school experience. Sometimes the decision just isn't up to the family.

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    I thought they had to start the year they turn 6?


 

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