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HJ Thu 24-Mar-05 10:04:36

Advice please, not sure what to do but filled in the forms anyway!

My dd will be 4 in June, do you think she should start school in Sept and be one of the youngest in her class or should she wait till the next Sept when she will be 5?

littlerach Thu 24-Mar-05 10:12:12

Depends if you think she is ready for it.

Have a feeling that if you delay until the following yr, she will still go into yr1, not reception, but am not positive, someone else may know more!!

Does she go to preschool or nursery?

Yorkiegirl Thu 24-Mar-05 10:15:02

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Caligula Thu 24-Mar-05 10:17:46

Very much depends on her - do you think she'd be ready for it?

My DS started when he was 4 and a half, and he definitely wasn't ready. Although he settled easily into reception (because it is really very like playgroup - not much formal learning at all) he had a huge culture shock when he went into Year 1 - much more formal learning and he simply didn't have the concentration skills that you need for that.

Now he's a bit older (5 and 3/4) he's OK - he's learnt how to concentrate, participate and sit still (basically, he's now old enough!)

Girls are often a year or so ahead anyway, so maybe your DD would be ready? What do her playgroup say?

Hulababy Thu 24-Mar-05 10:40:22

There was a thread on this exact same dilemma yesterday - Gingerbear started it. There is a fair few replies that might be of interest to you on it.

Hulababy Thu 24-Mar-05 10:40:54

This one

HJ Thu 24-Mar-05 10:48:49

Thanks everyone, I will contact her playgroups and see what they have to say....I think she is ready but dh is not sure.....

LIZS Thu 24-Mar-05 10:52:27

dd turns 4 at end of August and is due to start in September. She is likely to be the youngest and most definitely the smallest in the year. At the school she is likely to attend (private) she'll go full time straight away but the afternoons are more relaxed with swimming, playtime and so on. We could take her out for the afternoons but the school say very few children actually choose to miss out.

Personally I wouldn't want her to miss out Reception as I think it will be an important time socially if not academically, Many of the children will already have attended nursery together.

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