Does anyone know whether you have a placement request accepted and then decide to defer, do you get to keep the placement request place, or do you have to make another placement request the next year? IYSWIM
We deferred and I can recommend it. Not just for starting P1 but for going to high school later on too - DD is now in P6 and I am glad she's not going to high school this year. Some of the P7s just seem so much older than her! It's a difficult decision though and if you do defer, prepare to feel a pang in August when you see the other P1s in their uniforms!
At DD's school I'd say about 50% of Jan/Feb birthdays defer - there are P7s younger than my DD but she is not the oldest in P6 - if that makes sense (Feb birthday)
When is your DC's birthday?
We didn't have a placing request but I remember having to do all the same paperwork again for the second year so I guess you will too.
DS's birthday is at the end of January. I think he just seems so much younger than the other boys at nursery.
I'm still quite keen to defer because everything I have read seems to suggest it is best for little boys.
She was also very negative about placing requests saying that no-one got their placing request accepted to the school I am thinkngn of for DS, but I know that is rubbish as my neighbours child is in P1 there on a placing request. So I'm inclined to think she doesn't know what she's talking about.
I don't know anything about deferral as my DS has an Oct birthday but.... all the parents I know (have just counted in my head - six) who have a child with a Jan or Feb birthday have either already deferred or are about to.
Are the nursery saying about not deferring based on your DS i.e. his maturity, ability etc or just in general? Is it worth asking in at either your catchment school or planned (placement request) school to guage their feelings on younger children etc
sorry you're in this quandry. Hope you get it sorted out soon