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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    My niece started year 1 in Brisbane when she was 5. She's a march child and not the youngest by a long shot.
    Year 1 is second year of school. As far as I'm aware, prep is becoming compulsory or already is compulsory in Queensland. I think the pp wants to start her child in prep at 5yo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Compulsory school age in Queensland is 6 years and 6 months.

    Hopefully you should be able to find a principal who is supportive of your decision to start your child at 5.
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    That's the age they have to be attending school by but it is considered delaying your child to wait until then in qld .

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    I think the rule should be nation wide that all kids must be 5 on the day they start the first year of primary school. If they turn 5 the day after, bad luck!

    Then if say 5% of people delay their 5 year olds there would only be 1-2 kids per 30 pupil class who is vastly older than the bulk of the students, thus eliminating such big age gaps and maturity levels etc
    I get this ...but why should the just short of 5 year old kids miss out ... Why should they be sacrificed to decrease the age gap just because there is trend that is seeing some kids start school when they are closer to 6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I get this ...but why should the just short of 5 year old kids miss out ... Why should they be sacrificed to decrease the age gap just because there is trend that is seeing some kids start school when they are closer to 6?
    You have to make a cut off somewhere. Someone is always going to be the day after the cut off.

    I think the "rule" across Australia should be every child starts the year they turn 6. That's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    You have to make a cut off somewhere. Someone is always going to be the day after the cut off.

    I think the "rule" across Australia should be every child starts the year they turn 6. That's it.
    Prep or year 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Year 1 is second year of school. As far as I'm aware, prep is becoming compulsory or already is compulsory in Queensland. I think the pp wants to start her child in prep at 5yo?
    I know year 1 is the second year of school. I have 3 kids at school.

    I thought your last para to the pp saying good luck finding a principal supportive was a bit harsh which was why I was pointing out that my niece started year 1 when she was 5. Otherwise why would the pp need luck? If she was starting prep when her child was 5 that would be in line with your views?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I get this ...but why should the just short of 5 year old kids miss out ... Why should they be sacrificed to decrease the age gap just because there is trend that is seeing some kids start school when they are closer to 6?
    There will always be some kids who miss out by a day.

    The key is having just 1 rule for everyone, no ifs no buts. You start if you're XYZ age at ABC date

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    This is interesting, Finland is often lauded as having the best school system in the world and kids do not start school until 7.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/finla...1-12?op=1&IR=T

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    This is interesting, Finland is often lauded as having the best school system in the world and kids do not start school until 7.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/finla...1-12?op=1&IR=T
    It is. I would like to know what they do with their kids until then. I'd wager they have a very high level of quality childcare available more broadly than we have in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I know year 1 is the second year of school. I have 3 kids at school.

    I thought your last para to the pp saying good luck finding a principal supportive was a bit harsh which was why I was pointing out that my niece started year 1 when she was 5. Otherwise why would the pp need luck? If she was starting prep when her child was 5 that would be in line with your views?
    As far as I'm aware, qld is like wa, you have no choice but to send your child to school at 4. That is why I genuinely wished her luck. I'm so happy to live in NSW where I have a choice otherwise my May and July children would've had to start when they were not ready.


 

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