This whole thing just seems crazily confusing? In WA there are no options of holding back, so there is never a chance of there being a 18mth discrepancy in ages in any school year group. The cutoff is June 30...so all kids in Pre - Primary (the compulsory year before yr1) are aged 4.5-5.5. Kindy (year before Pre primary) is available in the govt system for 2.5days a week for all children 3.5 to 4.5.
Most team sports here work on school year not birth year so children play with their school age counterparts.
Just seems unnecessarily complicated in other parts of Australia. ...
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28-01-2016 18:15 #261
28-01-2016 18:20 #262
I delayed my DD1 who started this week and recently turned 6 - she has friends the same age who are going in to Grade 1 so I understand the questioning of what to do.
I was recommended by my DD1's Speech Therapist to delay back in 2014 and after seeking advice from numerous primary school teachers and her kinder teacher - she repeated 4 year old kinder. I can see it was the best decision for my child.
I copped a lot of flack from my Mum and MIL especially as this was unheard of back in the day - but I didn't want risking my daughter being held back a grade at school as I feel there is a stigma attached when this happens. However our Speech Therapist actually mentioned that there tends to be a trend now of not repeating kids because it can be detrimental to the child who sees all their peers moving on - therefore the child struggles their whole schooling career - I just couldn't risk that for my child.
From this thread alone, it appears our states are all out of whack - but I would definately think twice if I had an April-Jul baby and sending them at 4.5 - you have to ask yourself why would SA, ACT and VIC have a 30 April cutoff ? (Rehetorical question) - there has to be a reason as to why they've come to this decision.
I will say that in Victoria, it is very difficult to repeat 4 year old kinder for a government funded position- so you
have to make the call early on (2-3 years old) which can be incredibly hard to do.
Thankfully my other kids are born in the mid to later part of the year so I don't have to worry - it's a relief!
28-01-2016 18:29 #263
That's a huge difference in maturity, and doesn't even factor in composite classes.
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28-01-2016 18:29 #264
6 months doesn't seem much but when you think of 6 months in the life of a 4.5 year old - that's 1/9 of their existance at that point - that's a lot.
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28-01-2016 18:47 #265Senior Member
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18 months is even a greater percentage for a 4.5 year old.
28-01-2016 19:02 #266
That percentage gets smaller as the kids get older.
28-01-2016 19:17 #267
I've experienced it from the opposite side of the fence with one of mine - she matured and went through puberty well before her friends - she suddenly was not on the same wavelength anymore and felt "too old" compared to her friends as they suddenly lost common interests, nothing to talk about etc.
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28-01-2016 20:39 #270
Without having read the whole thread/opinions, do people have the option to delay in qld on a regular basis (ie without getting permission from school etc). We don't have plans to delay but the thought of her having to go to class with children substantially older than her if they have been kept back is concerning.
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