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Has starting school a year later had an affect on them?


Posted anonymously, 3rd May 2014


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  • 2 of my kids started Kindy when they were 5yr turning 6yr and my youngest will be 5 turning 6 as well at Kindy. I’m fine with starting a bit later, as they’re more mature by then and can concentrate and focus a bit better.


  • 3 of my kids are born second talk of year and my 4th was born 3 days before school cut off. At first I was a little worried but I now think it’s better because it helps them mature and helps transition a lot easier.


  • I have children in both halves. Those who were a bit older befriend starting school seemed to do better and the level of concentration was a lot different. I think each child will be different you know yours the best.


  • yep November – and he was the youngest in his class with no issues… I am not a believer in holding kids back, but don’t judge parenting decisions either so all the best with your choice x


  • I dont think anything is different. A lot of his friends started late as well, and they all just seem to fit in well together. Parents are more likely to make a huge deal about it, than the kids are.


  • My daughter is born 1st may and in SA the cut off for school entry is 30th April! So for the sake of a few hours, she must wait a whole year to start kindy and then school! She is 4 now and will start kindy next year. I already notice she needs more simulation, but I’ve been told by lots of people it’s better that they are older when going to school. It particularly makes a difference when they transition to high school.


  • With defence and I see a lot of mid year postings; kids usually adapt better than adults to big changes and certainly usually make friends easier….. Keep up the communication :)


  • N but its all good!


  • Yes to your question and no it made no difference to her at all.


  • To start them late is a bonus. I wouldn’t be concerned.


  • I don’t think it would affect them


  • I had two in the second half of the year one born 2nd july and honestly it was better for her as she needed alot of speech before school also my third child who was In november was a very clingy child so the extra year helped them my first son who was in the start of year was all good to go


  • I believe from working in this area that it will have far better outcome than going to school too soon. Maturity is so important particularly for boys who sometimes are just not ready to socialize or to concentrate. They are not usually aware of going to school that little bit later, as long as it is not a discussion in front of them that makes them think it’s wrong. They will blossom and more likely will be ready to focus.


  • in qld born in the 2nd half means youre the eldest in the class, so for us it will be an advantage


  • It’s actually be beneficial to start later as my child has been a late bloomer.


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