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“How do I know if my child is ready to start school next year? My son can either go to school next year or wait until the following year. He loves pre-school and is doing well socially but I am just not sure how you make that decision.”

Posted by Anon, 20/03/13

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  • I would be most worried about social skills, resilience, ability to deal with change. How is he with toilet training (that would be a must), pencil grip, name recognition, alphabet and number recognition and maybe counting to about 20?

  • Hold him back a year, let him be a kid for a little while longer – we’re too much in a rush for our kids to grow up; there are studies which show that kids who are allowed to be kids and play tend to end up doing better academically and are more successful in the long run.

  • The teachers are trained to know if a child is keeping up or lagging behind … so unless something has been said to you send him on his way

  • I agree with the comment of asking the pre school teacher. Before my little one began school I knew he was going to be one of the youngest in the class, I spoke with the teacher and she said that he was socially ready and she also said she couldn’t see why not, and that made our decision that little bit easier, Good Luck.

  • I agree with the last comment that his pre school teacher will advise you, she has more experience and will be honest if she thinks he’s not quite ready.

  • Ask his preschool teacher. Remember she sees many children and would certainly have the knowledge to work out if he should go this year or next.

  • If he’s liking preschool than maybe he is ready to go

  • As long as they are pretty independent and can use the toilet, I think they will be fine

  • Wait until the end of the year and see how he is then – kinder teachers can also give their opinions as to whether they think they are ready.

  • Start next ur! Waiting a whole mother year would b silly if he can start at start of yr

  • There’s some good articles on MoM related to this topic :)

  • why are you unsure? you say is good socially. what are you concerned about. Far to many people hold their kids back, just because.

  • Apart from the preschool teachers (who will advise you), it’s mostly about social maturity, not so much academic ability. My first boy was a bit on the early side, under 5, but all his little mates from preschool were going so it felt wrong to keep him back. It did take him six months of kindy before he really learnt to settle down and listen properly and not muck around. It depends on his maturity – imagine him wandering around needing to sort out his bag, shoes, lunch etc, you need to know he will be able to cope. Having said that, it’s hard to be making such decisions so far out from next February, so don’t panic if he doesn’t seem ready now. A lot can happen in that time. I think ultimately you just have to go with your gut feeling, and try not to just be overprotective…

  • Ask his pre-school teacher. They know where your childs’ development sits with his peers and can give you the best advice. I had one boy start at 5&half then his brothers (twins) start at 4yrs10mths and all had the right start that suited them.

  • is he restless at home??

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