Anyone with experience of sending your child part time only to reception??

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DorsetLass Mon 21-Jan-13 23:07:46

I would be grateful for your thoughts. My daughter is due to start reception in sep - she is a late July birthday so quite young for her year. Academically I don't think she will struggle - but I think from a physical and stamina point of view full time school is going to be extremely hard. Do I consider flexi/part time schooling? Is this possible/beneficial/detrimental??? All advice gratefully received!!

DorsetLass Tue 22-Jan-13 22:54:09

Thank you all for your advice - the school we are hoping she gets into does three weeks part time - then straight intro full after that. In going to wait and see if she gets in and then talk to her teachers about what to do. After reading all posts, and speaking to local friends I think we are going to go part time for at least the first term if possible. Thank you all!

jigglebum Tue 22-Jan-13 19:49:54

starlight sorry to hear that - sounds like some time at home with you would be great too!

tricot39 Tue 22-Jan-13 18:54:19

I am assuming that you have completed your application for a place and are now just wondering about whether to accept?

jiggle Yes. You are right. But my dd has been in school already for an eternity (preschool since 2 due to having a disabled brother) and then into various forms of institutions because of our disabled son who is now at school. I think my dd would benefit from some time with me to develop our relationship as we have both missed out. And she seems to already know reception stuff.

mathanxiety Tue 22-Jan-13 17:04:41

Mu DCs went to early years in the US where their school only had part time for 4 yos and for 5-6 yos too. The 4 yo 'preschool' was half a day three or four days a week; you could choose whatever option suited you (half a day was 2.5 hours each day) and 'Kindergarten' was M-F, 2.5 hours each day. They were all ready for full day (8-3) by age 6-7 though it was a struggle at the start of First Grade. Academically and socially they didn't suffer at all. I would say it was exactly the opposite. A pity difficulties stand in the way of doing it for young children as children vary so much at this age.

Beamur Tue 22-Jan-13 13:32:51

My DD did Tues-Friday in Reception until the Easter term when she was 5. The school were fine about it, although I did formally request it and was then told it was ok.
The teacher expressed slight concerns about missing Mondays as they set out what they were doing for the week, but I really don't think DD has missed out on making friends or anything academic. She is in Yr1 now and doing really well.
I would do it again as the full week is tiring, we both enjoyed the extra time at home and it doesn't seem to have hampered her in any way.
Our school also did more structured learning in the morning and free play in the afternoon - which I totally agree with the poster who says this is still learning, but in a different way.

skullcandy Tue 22-Jan-13 13:24:49

once you know which school you have a placement in you can call them and discuss this.

My ds was 5 right on the day before term started so he HAD to go full time from the start.. but some of the others staggered the start and did 3 days a week, and a few did mornings or afternoons for the first half term.

it really depends on your DD and how she'll cope, she may be more ready for full time by then than you think.

I have the chance to do this with my DD as she doesnt have to start until Jan, but she goes to the pre-school class which shares area with the reception children so i think she'll be happy to be their full time come september!

jigglebum Tue 22-Jan-13 13:01:27

starlight - it is definitely learning and I would argue it is learning in the afternoon too - just of a different sort eg things like cooperation with others. It is of course easy enough to teach your kids letters and sounds etc at home but I think school is about more than that and if they are going to join the school at some stage I think it is beneficial to have learnt the way the others have.

midastouch Tue 22-Jan-13 12:38:59

My DS was also July born and due to start this Sept. Its so hard to know how theyll cope. I've applied for school I want him to go to just got to keep fingers crossed he gets i n or I may cry lol! He's behind with speech so I'm really not sure whether to defer him a year. 4 years and 1 month seem so young to be starting school IMO have to wait and see the school he's put in

jojane Tue 22-Jan-13 10:53:00

My dd is also ablate July birthday and she went full time from sep. the first term she wa very tired come the end of the week but by half term and hot to grips with this a bit more. She loves school and hated Xmas hols coz she couldn't go to school! She would hve been horrified to miss school if all her friends were going in, plus with girls friendships are a lot trickier than with boys and she might fin if she missed a day then when se next goes her best friend has foun a new best friend coz they ated together the day before.

Okay. So easy enough to teach at home then, and most likely faster!?

SizzleSazz Tue 22-Jan-13 10:32:53

Ours do 'Letters & Sounds', writing and numbers in the morning. Mainly learning through activities in those areas but definitely 'learning'

What learning?

jigglebum Tue 22-Jan-13 09:42:24

Our school allowed flexibility for the first term and it suited us (DS a June birthday). I think it was unusual but we could basically choose what afternoons they went in. So DS went in every morning and I gradually increased the number of afternoons. By Oct half term he was there 3 days and 2 half days. After half term he went full time. One girl still did 2 half days but after half term everyone else was full time. After christmas all were full time. That arrangement worked well for us but I was surprised how few came home at lunch time, most went full time pretty much straight away.

They do really need to do mornings though. The "learning" part took place in the mornings and the afternoon was "play"

tiggytape Tue 22-Jan-13 09:40:33

As far as parental rights go, you have the right to defer (i.e. not attend at all until later in the year) - this includes academies - without losing your place. However, you have no right to insist on part time. In reality though, most schools will allow this if you agree with them in advance how it will work.

birdseed Tue 22-Jan-13 09:20:14

I have late July born DS, reception this year. We have done 2-3 afternoons off a week since he started in Sept, and even then he was very tired last term. It doesn't seem to have had a negative effect and I am really pleased that we have done it, even though he is the only one in the class doing it. The school were adamant that he should do every morning though, and so we couldn't have a whole day off rather than a couple of afternoons.

Bunnyjo Tue 22-Jan-13 08:52:57

My DD is late August born, she's now in Yr1.

Before she started reception, I discussed all options with the HT; they were happy for her to do full-time, half-days or a certain number of days per week, even for her to start a term or so later. They were very accomodating; I felt I had the full support of the school and they were more concerned with ensuring that DD had the best start to school for her, not attendance or funding issues.

As it was, DD started full-time and I am happy with that decision. In hindsight, I feel that it would have been detrimental to her education, and confusing for her, to be doing anything different from her peers.

Many schools do phased introduction to full-time school, you may find that they don't start full-time until after half-term.

snowybrrr Tue 22-Jan-13 08:25:55

I did for the first couple of terms or so.The school didn't really like it, and I think it made her the odd one out at a critical time for making friendships.I'm nor sure I'd do it again....

What about academies?

Planning to send dd to an academy but want to defer the first term. Will that be possible?

expansivegirth Tue 22-Jan-13 00:52:38

Very tired. Burbling. Sorry. Any questions, feel free to message me.

expansivegirth Tue 22-Jan-13 00:51:34

*school also entitled to refuse part time attendance.

expansivegirth Tue 22-Jan-13 00:50:42

You are not legally obliged to take up place until the summer term (in your case) though part time attendance is pretty good for phasing the kids in. You have no right to be granted part time attendance (just a right to ask, and the school has the right to grant your wish).
Flexi schooling something different. Most education authorities now appear to dock money in a measure proportionate to the time spent out of school so schools now often reluctant to do it (reluctant anyway). You wouldn't need to flexi-school until after your child turned five. Before then, it's just a matter of deferring.
Your place at school won't be held open after the summer term (or the term after the child turns five - which ever comes sooner).

expansivegirth Tue 22-Jan-13 00:47:52

Yes. Skipped first term, part time rest of year.

Absolutely fine. No problem fitting in. Not behind in any way. Not excluded from anything in any way. All great.

The school does not have to report absences until the child turns five, so your absences will not affect the Ofsted attendance statistics.

If you need leverage, suggest instead - if it's an option for you - that your child starts in January (which is your right). The school looses money if you do this as funding now set in October from this year, so they might compromise with part time. Or you could just start a term late if you think it's in your child's best interest.

Have you asked the school about it? Do they have a phased entry system which you could extend?

BrittaPerry Mon 21-Jan-13 23:21:07

Go over to the home ed board for advice. There is absolutely NO legal requirement to send your child to school. If you do decide to send her, then you need to negotiate with the school about part time etc, but why not just not register her until she is ready?

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