Depends how flexible the school are about registering him. You could ask for him to be assessed for the 2006 intake and if they agree and subsequently offer him a place, fine it is then up to you to choose if he is ready nearer the time (although you'd probably have to decide by Easter in practice). Friends' dd who is a mid September birthday is coping fine with being a "year ahead" and was definitely ready, but it is very individual.
Saopbox - I went and spoke to one I had considered and they pretty much said I could put his name down for either year. That is why I was a little confused.Maybe I need to talk to more schools and see what they they say. Thanks anyway
My son was born 1/9/99, and started school last sept, just 1 day after his 5th birthday.
I think starting at JUST 4 is a bit early. by all means start him reading and using numbers, make sure he has lots of opportunities to mix with other children at nursery or something, but I think defering school is better.
I say this in hindsight, I had wanted him to start early too, but our local ed auth. wouldn't allow it. I now think they're right.
oh, BTW he's just moved up to join the year above.
I was rushed before. Wanted to say that my ds read and did maths before he started school, I kept him busy and stimulated in that year before he started, but joining reception at 5 has given him the chance to do the social growing up.
His reading age is about 8, and he is well above average in numeracy skills for his age. but he doesn't get bored with school, and a good teacher should be able to deal with a child who is that bit further ahead, esp in the private sector with smaller classes.
I would advise you to enjoy your pre-school child for an extra year, don't pressure him a year earlier.
DD was born Oct 2001. She is currently in the nursery class at her pre-prep school. She will stay there until the term after she turns 4 (Sept 2006) so she will be the oldest in the class. Pretty much every school I have come across does this.