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    Why would the council kinder coordinator tell me it was difficult to repeat 4 year old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    Why would the council kinder coordinator tell me it was difficult to repeat 4 year old?
    Because they get extra government funding for 4 year old kinder there is a mountain of paperwork to get that funding again. You can choose to repeat without the funding but it's very expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    Oh no, poor thing.
    What do they expect of them??
    Where are you located (state)?
    I am located in QLD. Well he has gone from full on play based at kindy to a very formal education. There is no play based prep which is what I thought it was, and his teacher is not nurturing at all, and he is extremely shy and lacks confidence already so he has clammed up that much, just sits there, won't even eat The more I look at other kids in the class the more I wish I would have enrolled him next year instead

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    Former prep teacher and current kindergarten teacher here. I'd say 5.5 for sure!

    The changing cut off date also isn't for everyone. It is at the principals discretion. If they don't think your child is ready then they will have to wait til the following year. I honestly don't think a whole lot of schools will enrol the younger children.

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    I have been a Kindy teacher for many years and believe the extra year at home will do no harm, so start at 5 and a half.

    I think there are many factors in sending your child to school: how well do they socialise with other children/adults? Are they able to dress/undress them self? Tie school laces or are learning? Hold a pencil correctly? Are they able to sit still and listen to the teacher for 10minutes?etc

    The school my son goes to, will only enrol children who are turning six the year of Kindy. They are a private school so can be picky.

    I don't know your child and you know them the best.

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    Great thread!!

    What about 4 and 11 months or 5 and 11 months? Which would be better?

    DD is 3 in a month and already knows her letters (different words that start with each letter) can count to 29, colours including the difference between dark and light colours, recognises logos, has a great memory, is inquisitive and asking questions all the time.

    In the other hand she can't sit still and has the worst attention span but I guess that will improve over the next 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    DD is 3 in a month and already knows her letters (different words that start with each letter) can count to 29, colours including the difference between dark and light colours, recognises logos, has a great memory, is inquisitive and asking questions all the time.

    In the other hand she can't sit still and has the worst attention span but I guess that will improve over the next 2 years.
    A lot of development happens in 2 years, so it is hard to say how your DD will be like then.

    However, when starting school, teachers are not worried about how smart they are. They are more worried about their emotional maturity. A child who sits and pays attention is easier to teach, rather than a child who has a short attention span and doesn't sit still. And an extra year can be the difference on how a child will react in a school environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gizmoduckus View Post
    A lot of development happens in 2 years, so it is hard to say how your DD will be like then.

    However, when starting school, teachers are not worried about how smart they are. They are more worried about their emotional maturity. A child who sits and pays attention is easier to teach, rather than a child who has a short attention span and doesn't sit still. And an extra year can be the difference on how a child will react in a school environment.
    I agree completely.

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    I'm on a local mums & bubs page on Facebook & seeing them talk about how can I get my 3 1/2yo ready for prep next year scares the hell out of me! My daughter will be 5 in July & knowing she will be with kids so much younger kinda worries me! She spent a hour in my other daughter year 2 class & showed them all up with behaviour & listening!!


 

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