In Queensland, the school cut-off date is June 30th. Children have to turn 5 by June 30th to be able to start Prep in that year. So technically, Nick could start prep in 2013, because he turns 5 on June 30th. However, if he had been born 10 hours later, he would not be allowed to start prep in 2013, he’d have to wait until 2014.
Prep is not compulsory. But I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t send their child to prep and sent them straight to grade 1.
I know my son can go to prep next year, but I also know he’s not ready. He would be the very youngest in the class, and as it is now, he’s still quite shy in a classroom setting and likes to take a back seat. In my opinion, 4.5 is way too young to be going to school. And with him being born so late, we do have the option of holding him back a year. His kindy director believes another year will do him good, and as he will then be one of the oldest, it gives him the opportunity to take a bit more of a leadership role, and it might bring him out of his shell as far as interacting with others goes. He tends to do things alongside other kids, not necessarily join in with them. That might be his age, it might just be his personality. Either way, if he excels in the next year at kindy, there’s still the possibility he could go straight into grade one and not need to do prep.
I can’t believe we got to this point so quickly. It seems like just last week he was born. I don’t know why people are so anxious to send their kids to school. I don’t want him to grow up, maybe because he’s my only child, and will always be my baby, I don’t know. I do know that we need to make the right choice here. Of course we want to give him all the tools to succeed and to enjoy school, and sending him too early may be detrimental to that.
I know that I am not upset about holding him back a year as it means I get a bit more time with him before he’s officially a school kid. It gives him a bit more time before he has to deal with home work and all the other little stresses that come with starting school. It gives him a year to mature, to be a kid without responsibilities, and it gives us all another year to come to terms with the fact that we have child starting school.
What age did your kids start school? Do you think 4.5 is too young?
Linking up with Dorothy at Singular Insane for Things I Know Friday.