Jump to content

Anyone regretted holding their child back?
NSW, March boy, send him to kindergarten in 2013 or 2014?


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

#1 qwertyuiop

Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

I have a four year old son who will turn 5 in March 2013. We're in NSW and I have the choice of sending him to primary school (kindergarten) in 2013 or 2014.

My son is at a currently enrolled (3 days a week) in a great preschool. The teachers have told me that they think he might be best of to spend another year at preschool. The main reason they give is that they think the extra year will give him extra emotional maturity. They say he cries very easily if things don't work out as expected and the extra year will give him the chance to become more resilient in a safe environment.

Academically he is fine. He enjoys learning. He is happy, social kids who loves playing with other kids. He says he's happy to go to the preschool for another year.

I've got two younger kids at home and I worry that he'll be bored next year (even though he'd go to preschool 3 days a week) and I won't be able to provide him all the stimulation that he needs as he has to share my attention and energy with his siblings. I'm worried he might play up as a result.

I've heard from many parents that they regretted sending their child early. I've also heard many parents say they have been happy with sending their child early. So far I haven't heard anyone say they've regretted sending their child late. Has anyone here regretted holding their child back? Are there any risks if I hold him back? Any advice appreciated.

#2 *Kell*

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:05 PM

Hi OP,

My sister has 2 boys. She sent the first one to school early, and he couldn't handle the social interactions, so ended up repeating year 1.
The second she started at 5, and he has had no problems.

I have heard this MANY a time with boys, but the opposite with girls, saying they should start at 4, if possible.

I think (especially because the childcare has recommended it) you should keep him back for another year.

Or alternatively, you could speak to the principal of the primary school, and ask their opinion.

Good luck.

#3 Libertine

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:11 PM

There's a big thread on holding boys back currently going in What Do You Think?

Might be of interest to you op.

HTH.

#4 Manicmum

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:11 PM

I would listen to his preschool teacher.

#5 PrincessPinkenIt

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:17 PM

My DS is a March baby, and we decided to hold him back as he was very emotional and would get very upset about a lot of things.
I do not regret it at all holding him back a year.

#6 boatiebabe

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:18 PM

I have a March DD and she went when she was 4 and 10 months. Academically she is fine, but she did struggle a little in the beginning with the more street smart 5 year old girls who could run rings around her with their emotional/social games.

She is in Year 3 now and is doing great. Academically doing well and socially she has figured out who the 'nice' girls are and hangs with them.

DS is an early July baby and I held him back (although most other states besides NSW this would not be holding back) - so that he started school when he was 5.5 years of age. The last six months at home with him before he went to school was challenging and I only had one at home. He is tearing up kindergarten and was really ready to start learning.

I know another family (neighbour) who held their boys back - one born in January (started school at 6) and one born in March (started school at 5 and 10 months). At first she was always bragging about how well they were doing compared to everyone else in their class (well der? they were significantly older) and now she is complaining non stop about how gifted her kids are and the school won't "extend" them. Basically they are average kids but are in classes with children up to 18 months younger than them, so they are bored and possibly disruptive because of it.

In saying all that I think you should take very seriously what your day care providers are telling you. But ultimately you need to make the decision about whether he is ready.

#7 Fluster

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:27 PM

I was in your son's position - had the chance to start one year or the next.  I remember very clearly discussing it with my mother and we agreed I'd start the 'next year'.  

It was a great decision - I'm not the quickest socially anyway, and I have no doubt the extra year was beneficial.

#8 Holidayromp

Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:34 PM

I have for both DD1 and DD2.  Both were more than ready for school even though they were five weeks past the cutoff.  DD1 was climbing the walls, bored out of her brain at preschool and DD2 was more than ready.

You know your child and it is very individual which is why I don't understand the stupid cut off system because many child are sent to school way too early as a cheap childcare alternative when kids that are after the cut off like DD1 and DD2 have been more than ready.



#9 Heather11

Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:43 PM

Personally I would hedge my bets.  I would still enrol your DS and even do the transition visits to school.  You can always pull out before they start.

The reason I say this is because there is still 4 months before he would start.  He may very well mature and become less emotional during that time.

A term out from starting school my DS was still having major separation issues and wasn't very sociable.  He had a few close friends but didn't mix in the wider group.  In his last term of kindy (preschool equivalent) he matured dramatically. No tears at drop offs and started to make more friends.

We have had no issues with him starting school.  His report has indicated that he is a confident, mature and popular member of the class.  He is also  academically top of the class.

Technically we could of held him back a term or started him the following year not something that is the done thing in SA.

#10 unicycle

Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:08 AM

Yes, I regret having held my shy, but bright, daughter back. Maybe best would have been to skip prep, and go straight to year one the year following the being held back.
edited due to autocorrect

Edited by unicycle, 01 October 2012 - 11:16 AM.


#11 MrsDarcy

Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:42 PM

My DD is an April baby so very close to the ACT cut off.  Her preschool teacher said almost exactly the same thing about her and we held her back. The difference the extra year has made is amazing, she so much more confident and resilient. She is now raring to go for school and getting bored sometimes but I prefer that to her being overwhelmed with emotions and not being able to learn.

#12 bmieke

Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:46 PM

My DS has a June birthday. He was probably bright enough, and was quite fine socially with others, but he was still having big tantrums for me if he didn't get his own way. We held him back, and have been very happy. I was still always worried about how he would behave in Kindy, but he was never in trouble and topped his class. Academically, he just 'got it'.

He is year 1 this year and is in a 1/2 class, which has been great for him socially (to be able to interact with the year 2's).

Edited by bmieke, 30 September 2012 - 06:46 PM.


#13 millie_11

Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:42 PM

DS1 was 5 in June and I held him back so he'll start Jan 13 - academically he would have been more than ready, but the development in him this year has confirmed to me that socially he'll be much better off having had that extra year at day care. I too was worried that maybe he would be bored, but he hasn't been at all - he's had a great year with his friends at day care, learnt a lot, matured a lot and is quite a different little boy to what he was at the start of the year.

I was totally torn a year or so back and did speak to the school - from what they said he would have been developmentally ready, but day care was also saying he'd benefit being held back. I know now that if I had sent him, he would have been the youngest in the class, and be with kids almost 18 months older - for that reason I'm glad I held him back.

The school also suggested sending him to the transition classes so I could hedge my bets but they also warned that he would probably get excited about going and be really disappointed if he didn't go. So in the end I didn't enrol him.

I also know of 2 March children (one boy, one girl) who weren't held back - both repeated Kindy this year and have benefited massively from being a year older.

All the best, hard decision - DS2 is a March baby and so we will have a similar decision to make with him in a couple of years, but I strongly expect we'll hold him back as with DS1.

Edited by millie_11, 01 October 2012 - 07:44 PM.


#14 EBeditor

Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:49 PM

I would listen to the pre-school teachers, unless you had an overwhelming feeling that he is ready.

My son's daycare and pre-school teachers thought he'd be fine to start at 4 (also a March baby). Dh and I also agreed that he seemed ready. He is doing really well and I'm glad we decided to send him.



#15 MadamDivine

Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:06 AM

im debating the same issue (though school is slightly different in SA, its changing to follow the other states in 2014 but my dd is 5 in march next year)

so i have the choice of starting her in march where she will be in reception/prep for only 3 terms then head up to year one or holding her back a term and starting halfway through the year but meaning she wont go up to year 1 the following year and will still do a full year of prep/reception, as minimum is 3 terms maximum is 6 terms of prep.

DD is very clingy, emotional youngest child who still sometimes gets upset at day care drops offs but is slowly gaining confidence. the big factor for me to hold her back is I am due for a baby exactly when she would be starting full time school in term 2 if I send her so I worry that with new baby arriving and her emotional issues as well she may see it mummy sending her off cause the baby is here...

at a loss as to what to do? Am planning on talking to her teacher at care to see what she recomends

#16 CountryBumpkin

Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:16 AM

My son was a late march baby. He cries at the drop of a hat (still does, and he's 7.5) but he's just an emotional child. We talked about holding maim back, but I'm glad we didn't, he took his time, but he he's doing really well now, he was by mid pre primary (in wa it's kindy, pre primary, year 1 etc) he was in day care twice a week and they said he may not be ready, but for me I didn't see the difference. 2 days a week in daycare, which was longer days, or 2 days a week in kindy? As his mum only you know your son that well.

#17 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

I'm wildly swinging between starting my daughter next year or not. She will be 5 in July (NSW so right at the end of the cut off) and academically she is doing great - she's starting to read and wanting to learn so school would be great BUT we're moving to a Catholic school next year and they told me she would be the youngest by 5 months. Which just threw me as it seems like such a huge gap which even though she is behaving appropriately for her age it worries me that she will be behind the others in maturity and will struggle with that aspect simply because it is such a big difference in age.

I just don't want her to be on a back foot because of her age compared to the rest of the class and be struggling to fit in.

#18 qak

Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:28 PM

I am starting DD 'early' next uear as a end April 2008 birthdate.  She is socially & emotionally ready for school.  DS started this year - as an August birthday I had no choice when to send him.

If your pre-school teachers suggest waiting another year then i would follow that suggestion unless you have some positive reasons for sending them 'early'.

#19 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

My birthday is the Vic cutoff date.
It was initially decided to hold me back but it was a mistake.
Fortunately a family friend was the principal of a primary school and enrolled me midway through the prep year.

My son is also has a late April birthday and I'm pretty sure he'll fit the stereotype and will start later.

#20 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:27 AM

I didn't hold mine back - my boys were 4 years 1 month and 4 years 4 months when they started prep, and we 5 when they started grade 1

#21 LambChop

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

QUOTE
The teachers have told me that they think he might be best of to spend another year at preschool. The main reason they give is that they think the extra year will give him extra emotional maturity. They say he cries very easily if things don't work out as expected and the extra year will give him the chance to become more resilient in a safe environment.


Given this, I would hold him back - there is no rush, give him the time to be really ready - all that will happen if you rush him is he'll spend his life being the immature one.



#22 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

I would listen to the preschool teacher.


#23 ~Misty~

Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

Holding him back would not only give him the emotional maturity to cope better with his first year at school but will also be of benefit later on - think of the pressures of high school ...


#24 *Lena*

Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:18 PM

I would listen to the pre school teacher too. I have seen to many young kids start kinder and are not emotionally ready. It does effect there learning.

My son could go next year to. Was born 27th Feb 2008(he was due March). I am holding him back. I have seen such an improvement in the last few months in him emotionally etc but I still think another year would make him super ready. Everyone I talk to says I won't regret holding him back.

#25 Luckybee

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

I'd hold him back too, especially seeing as though the pre-school has also recommended it.  My DD is a late March baby and I held her back a year, it is the best decision I ever made.

I've also been told by many parents with older children who held them back that the one year difference at the other end, (ie high school years) makes a huge difference, more so than when they are in infants years.

Best of luck with your decision.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start

I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

Parenting and decision overload

Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.

Proof that toddlers can't be left unsupervised - ever

Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.

Baby's adorable reaction to wearing glasses for the first time

Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.

Police officer buys supplies for family after mum of six caught shoplifting

When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.

Why pregnant women on antidepressants shouldn’t panic about birth defect claims

The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.

Arrests made over children's birthday party brawl

Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement

Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.

Young warrior Owen defies doctors' predictions

Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old

Advice for dads: when to approach your wife for sex

The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.

I might be fat, but I don't need saving

I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.

 

FREE TICKET

See Pinky McKay live in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.