My little pirate is a June baby. In terms of school enrolments this is not such a great date of birth. In NSW children are supposed to start school if they turn 5, on or before the 31 of July of the year they would start school. If everybody followed this guideline then Baby Pirate would be one of the youngest in his class but there would be no more than a years gap between the children. However, what is more common is that children that turn 5 from January on are held back to start the following year, yes so already 6 or almost 6 when they start kindergarten.
The Captain, born at the end of October is the third youngest in his class....
So the dilemma is if I send Baby Pirate to school next year he could be up to 18 months younger than some of the kids. In his pre-school group there are kids that have already turned 5 in January/February. He doesn't turn 4 till the end of the month. Are you following? I barely can make sense of all of this! He is fine in Pre-School and academically he is so far ahead of some of these kids that I know he would be more than fine at School. Physically however, these kids are huge compared to him and they are probably more emotionally confident.
When I have discussed with friends and family the situation we are in almost universally people have said, "send him next year." I have decided not to though and not because of noble thoughts about an extra year at home of play based learning or because I don't think he would cope or because I have read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. In fact I know he would be totally fine and would settle very happily into school next year, but I am holding him back (and yes I really feel like I am holding him back) because I think that it is absurd that he will be in a class room with kids up to 18 months older than him. In primary school this won't be such a big deal but when it comes to high school it will be and so another year of Pre-school it must be little Pirate! Anyone else out there with thoughts on this?