I guess this is more of a vent than a story however I have been struggling a little bit lately with my sons teachers at kinder. He turned 4yrs old at the beginning of March and is in 4yr old kinder, he went to the same kinder for 3 yr old kinder last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This year while he seems to enjoy his time there I am finding the teachers are pulling me aside and telling about things he has done while at kinder such as not wanting to eat his fruit, mucking around with another child at mat time. To me these things sound like typical 4yr old things (especially for boys) and it’s making me feel increasingly frustrated. I understand that they have to pull them up for these kinds of things but I have done plenty of parent help and have seen others behaving far worse. I know he is one of the youngest there and perhaps they are paying more attention to that fact and wanting to help him out. I’m just not sure that I need to be made aware of every little thing he does, I never seem to get told when he has done something good/great and am beginning to feel a little picked on.

He is not a bad child at all in fact he is an extremely easy going little man and very social. He seems to be on track academically – can write his name, recognise letters and numbers and some of the smaller words, count etc. Sure he has his moment but don’t we all? We are working with him to use his words when he gets frustrated instead of crying/getting upset (he has a 2 1/2 yr old sister that can frustrate him) and I know this is something that the kinder have been working on as well (with all the children, particularly the boys).

I’m not really sure what I wanted to get out of writing this story maybe just to get it off my chest. Thank you for letting me do that :-)

Posted by kellyn, 7th May 2013

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  • You should let the teacher know how you feel. They will be talking to all parents, ask them what your son does well and bring it to their attention that you feel all you are told are the negatives.


  • MY brother was 5 when he started Kindie ( 40 year ago ) , and because he was young he had to repeat it another year. It was better for him as he learnt more and gained more confidence from it . I think it is up to the child. If you are concerned about the ” care ” of your child and feel a bit discriminated , I think it is worth talking to the principal. Your child has to feel happy and nurtured and as a parent have a right to complain if that is the case . Being 4 years old , shouldn’t he be at preschool instead , as my two kids went to preschool before they hit Kindergarten . It is well worth discussing this with the principal . Good luck .


  • the 4 year old kis at kinder


  • so great to read


  • nice exellent


  • nice and exellent to read the story


  • top story to read


  • Is it just one teacher in particular? Or every carer there?


  • Sounds like a typical young child. I hope you feel better getting it off your chest. Is there someone else you could speak to, like another parent or even the principle?


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