Ds will be 5 next February, I had every intention of sending him to school/grade prep next year however I've noticed a lot of kids in his kinder turned 5 over the last couple of months (March- May), so now I'm confused. When he starts school he'll be 4, turning 5, then the following month kids will be turning 6! Of course some will be turning 5 like him.Its very annoying and confusing.
Ps- kinder said it's too early to tell, but so far he is borderline ready.
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24-05-2016 16:55 #1
To parents in Vic (or schools with prep starting age 5/6)
24-05-2016 17:04 #2
In NSW our "Prep" is "Kindy". The first year of big school. I started my eldest when he was 4 turning 5 and I am hoping to start my second son next year and he will only just be 5 (In January). He is special needs though so we are definitely playing it by ear.
My eldest has thrived though. He really would have been bored at home and I think it would have been a mistake for his academics to hold him back. In my experience and from talking to others, it's best to just go off your child's ability (academic and social etc) rather than the age.
I was the youngest in my classes as I turned 5 in June of my first year at school. I have plenty of kids over a year old than me and I think the only time it really become a problem for me, was getting my licence after everyone else. But in terms of my education it was the right decision.
24-05-2016 17:32 #3
My dd is turning 5 in Feb and we just did a tour of the school we intend to send her to last week. They said the preschool teachers are the best to know how they are coping and if they look ready for school. They said it can vary from group to group, last year they had little ones struggling and this year they've had none. Everything I've seen has said boys are more likely to struggle going at 4 than girls though so I know it is tough making a decision. Our mothers group goes from Dec-Feb so the kids are actually ending up in different years at school, I think most of the boys behind held back at this stage.
24-05-2016 19:04 #4
Thanks for your replies.
24-05-2016 19:22 #5
We are in Vic too. My eldest DD is the youngest in her class (now grade 1). She was 6 in April and the eldest child turned 7 a month later in May. You have to have a cut off somewhere and there will always be older and younger children.
DS is a March baby and I am thinking of holding him back as I have been told a few times that boys born between Christmas and the cut off often do better starting school a bit later.
24-05-2016 20:00 #6
My DS just turned 5 and he is in kinder this year and will be going to school next year when he will be 6 in March. We elected to give him that extra year at home so he was older at school.
This decision wasn't so much based on if he could have coped going at the age of 4 turning 5 as I believe he probably could have. I am hoping that the extra year of maturity will come into play more during his teenage years.
It's all very confusing. Every state is different. And there does seem to be a growing trend to hold kids back if they are a few months from the cut off. Every child is different and everyone parents differently so it's a very personal choice.
24-05-2016 20:08 #7
Here in QLD it seems you are not allowed to hold them back. If you do they go straight into grade 1! A Feb birthday is really not late so if you are happy with how he's getting on at kindy (know you said he was borderline but it's still not even half way through the year) then I would send him. Don't worry about the other kids in the class who may have been held back (in terms of their academic performance) just consider your son and if he is ready.
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24-05-2016 20:15 #10
State schools. It's so wrong that that some Principals make them start in grade 1. To quote one Principal that I spoke to, he said "I'm not into making kids struggle". The difference between my daughter at the start of prep and grade 1 was huge, the expectations from her teacher were also quite high.
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