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    I definitely think you're making the right choice.
    School can be a huge adjustment for kids, and being away for 3 weeks right at the start will put him at a massive disadvantage for settling in.
    I say stick to your guns

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    My eldest started prep this year and those first few weeks are pretty important to helping your kids find their feet. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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    Agree with everyone else. My DD is starting Prep next year and I wouldn't even consider letting her miss 3 weeks of first term.

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    Nota chance in hell would I miss the start of prep! Not only is it important that they go for all the reasons mentioned above, it's such an important milestone! I still remember the excitement of my first day of prep, nearly 30 years ago.

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    My 2nd missed the first week of year 1 through illness and it took her weeks to find her groove. No way would I ever do it to a child unless it was health related.

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    I wouldn't want mine to miss the first few weeks and that's even with them knowing everyone in their grade (and school) already.

    I will admit this thread did prompt me to ring school about DS1 who starts next year and will be having time off in March for a school reunion. The teacher I spoke to had a big laugh with me saying that by March he would be exhausted and need a holiday already. I love that our school is so small that we know the staff and have a good relationship with them.

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    I wouldn't take my child out of school for the first 3 weeks. It is such an important time for them.

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    agree with everyone else.

    my daughter will be in grade 2 next year and while I might take her out of school for 3 weeks for a really good opportunity, such as travel overseas or something similar, I would not even consider doing it in the first few weeks and she knows the school, the routine, the other kids. It would still be upsetting to come back and start later than everyone else.

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    I would if it was for true family time and you wanted to do it. In your situation I wouldn't not if you don't enjoy it and your son would benefit more starting prep.

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    No way, it is such a crucial time for them, lots of big changes. My dd started prep this year and the first month was her finding new friends, learning new routines (the whole family had to change routines) and getting to know her teachers.

    If it was later in the year maybe


 

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