I don't see it as 'holding them back'. I see it as exercising the movement I have to send them at 5 or 6 and deciding 6. You exercised your judgment to send at 5. Every teacher I've discussed the topic with, both personally for my kids and professionally as a pre service teacher, has clearly said they support later starts.
Only on BH, where parents who make a decision which falls into line with research all over the world are criticised lol
+ Reply to Thread
Results 41 to 50 of 240
11-09-2016 18:33 #41
11-09-2016 19:09 #42
This topic stresses me out since we are currently in the London and most children start at 4, if they're birthday falls right before the school year starts (so have only just turned 4) then they can be kept back a year. But, if like my DS, they are 4.5 when the school year starts then they have to start. We can delay a term but he would just be put in the class he was meant to start the term before. Kids here are kept with their age rather than the actual school year they are ready for, so if we somehow kept him back until he was turning six he would just get put in year 1. I am genuinely hoping we move back to Melbourne before he is due to start school as I would much rather him start right before he turns 6 rather than 4.5 (he's a Feb baby so our choices in melb would be right before 5 or right before 6), but who knows if we'll be back. I hate the idea of him starting 'big school' so young, especially when research shows it is best for them to start later.
11-09-2016 19:26 #43
11-09-2016 19:32 #44
Del: from the comment of yours that cheese just quoted above...
I have a friend here who's little boy JUST turned 4 in August, so she could have delayed sending him to school until next year rather than starting this past week. They are also actually moving to the states next month so you would think she wouldn't start him due to his age plus the major life change of having to move him in a month's time and the fact that school in the US doesn't start until 5 turning 6 or 6....
But she's started him because she wants a break for 6 weeks .
11-09-2016 19:35 #45
I say it ALL the time on here - legally, in Australia, we are required to send our children to school by the year they turn 6. Whether the parent chooses to send them at 4 turning 5, or 5 turning 6 is up to parent, and usually have an option of either, depending on the cut off date - neither is 'sending them early' or 'holding them back', it is making a valid choice between two options, based on what is best for your child, and hopefully armed with information from preschool teachers.
I am an Early Childhood teacher with experience working in preschool programs in long day care centres, in sessional preschools, and in teaching the first year of school. I can say with 100% confidence that in SA at least, there is a HUGE difference in a long day care preschool and in a sessional preschool. They are such entirely different settings, with such different purposes, that you just cannot compare the two. That being said, I dont think the type of preschool attended really makes a huge difference when the child starts school - I have taught children in prep who have attended day care, preschool, or nothing at all (stayed home with mum), & they all adjust really quickly to the expectations of school.
I wil always choose to send my child closer to age 6 than to age 4 - just because of my experience and knowlege of school readiness. I think in years to come, Australia will see the success of other countries who start kids at school around age 6-7, & will follow suit. I hope so,anyway.
11-09-2016 19:40 #46
11-09-2016 19:42 #47
The Following User Says Thank You to 2BlueBirds For This Useful Post:
11-09-2016 19:43 #48
Kinder program in childcare if funding isn't approved?
HG, I think the second paragraph is about the different types of preschool settings not mattering, not the school starting age? That's how I read it, anyway.
ETA damn you and your ninja edits! *shakes fist*
11-09-2016 19:46 #49
11-09-2016 19:46 #50
By Rebecca79 in forum School aged childrenReplies: 8Last Post: 29-08-2016, 14:32
By SookiLala in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & ChatReplies: 7Last Post: 25-07-2016, 06:21
By kazza87 in forum Parents of Children with Special NeedsReplies: 2Last Post: 31-03-2016, 10:09
House Call DoctorHouse Call Doctor can provide an urgent after-hours visit to you and your family, when urgent medical situations arise ...
LATESTWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?7 ways to break the ‘mumnotony’ at homeGuide to government family benefit payments
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Would you breastfeed in public?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
2.5yo hitting/pushing (possible ASD)Discipline & behaviour
A - Z of baby girl namesGames & fun stuff
Show me your lunchbox 2017!!Recipes & Lunchbox Ideas
Adelaide Hubbers #2Adelaide
The Not So Serious Vent Thread #7General Chat