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    I'm in Victoria. Technically you dont have to be at school until 6, but I wouldnt pull him out. I would just repeat prep if he needs to next year. He will learn a lot this year and might come good by the end of the year. They really dont care if they need to repeat at that age, they just accept it because prep kids make friends easily. I have an April baby, he only just turned 4 and could have done kindy this year, but I kept him back because he would be 4 turning 5 at the end of term 1 in the April in prep next year. So he would have spent the whole of first term in Prep as a 4 year old! The cut off is April 30 and he is April 26. In general boys are always a bit behind socially, there have been a lot of research studies suggesting that boys do better starting school older, and I can tell you as a former prep teacher, holy cow, we had to run around the oval A LOT in prep and "shake the sillies out".
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    But if he's acting out because he's bored it will be ten times worse next year, he would be even more bored.

    My nephew goes to minecraft sessions run by an OT, which my nephew adores. All these kids go and it encourages them to communicate and work together. He might benefit from something like this

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    Also if he's an only child it's hard to learn how to not get your own way all the time. I know a girl in my DDs class struggled with this. A very steep learning curve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricepudding View Post
    @amyd what's the rule that applies? I thought they went to school if they turn 5 before 30 April? (I'd love to know if there's another way of looking at it! Sorry Op not meaning to hijack!)

    OP my son's school has a counsellor on staff. Is there anything similar that might help at your son's school? Did any of these behaviours happen at kinder for him?
    Legally children must attend school the year they turn 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    But if he's acting out because he's bored it will be ten times worse next year, he would be even more bored.

    My nephew goes to minecraft sessions run by an OT, which my nephew adores. All these kids go and it encourages them to communicate and work together. He might benefit from something like this
    Wow, is this in Vic? Can you give me more info?

    I guess it's tough because he loves learning and picks up things well.

    I'll see what teachers say on Thursday.

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    It's in Ballarat. @lilypily might be able to give you more info

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    I spoke to school. Academically he's going really well.
    I thought they called me in for social issues but actually the reason is that he's not sitting still during floor time and very fidgety.
    On the carpet he is rolling into a ball or searching for things to fidget with. Also not siting still in his chair.
    He might have a weak torso because kinder picked up last year he was doing a lot of W sitting on his knees and OT suggested some exercises.
    I've contacted my OT to observe him.
    Hopefully fully if it's immaturity, he'll improve soon, if it's a torso issue, hopefully exercises will help.
    The OT can also suggest fidget toys and accessories to help.

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    Just putting it out there that low muscle tone and inability to sit still can be ASD.

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    Wow! Interestingly, the school just had a physio observe my son and he has weak muscle tone too. We are going to start physiology to help. (My son is ASD so already at OT fortnightly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Legally children must attend school the year they turn 6.
    Yes that's correct. That's the only rule.

    In Vic you can push your kid through the system early if he turns 5 before April 30.

    But really the rule is that once you're 5, you must start school the following year.


 

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