If you have a young child , you may be already thinking about the transition to school, or maybe you are not at this stage yet. Having a 4 years old son, this topic it is very much on the agenda in my house - with Kindy next year and then the Big School.
How to know when your child is ready for that transition? Some parents decide to send their kids a year before they must be enrolled, others wait. Parents have their own reasoning for deciding one way or another. What I find is the parents who sent their kids earlier, will usually try to tell you why you should do the same and opposite. It is important that you make the decision based around your child, not other people's opinion. You know your child best.
‘School readiness’ is a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. Sometimes we think that school readiness means reading, writing, and doing basic maths before starting school. But this isn’t the case! School readiness is about the development of the whole child, their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills. Children cannot thrive at school if they haven’t developed the skills to manage things like getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs. Research shows that children who start school when developmentally ready to learn tend to do better in school, setting them up for further success later in life. Children will demonstrate a range of skills, capabilities, behaviours and strengths to indicate their ‘School readiness’. These more include:
My close friend, who sent both of her Sons to school a year earlier shared a very interesting point (that it would never crossed my mind) She said " My 14 years old son, who is a year younger that most of his friends at School, refused to celebrate his birthdays, because he wants to be just like them -15, not only 14. He is already devastated about waiting a year longer than his friends to get his L." If only I knew how much trouble this would caused in the future, I would never sent my kids earlier".
In saying that, what if your child gets bored at Kindy and it is ticking all the boxes for readiness? No other choice than send him/her earlier.
Remember that whether you choose a small or large school it also should be decided upon your child's need. If you have a shy child, maybe a small school would be better than a large one, and opposite - a child, who loves people, is extravert may love a big school and have no problem to adapt there.
My son, who has been at the childcare since he was 16 months old, will start Kindy next year, and then Reception. That's the plan for now. I feel that he is not school ready and will benefit from being at Kindy first. Future will show if that was the right decision.
Good luck - do your own research. I hope this post makes the decision a little bit easier.
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