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#1 tweds333

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

My son turns 5 in June 2013 and was due to start Reception (PREP) in Term 3, because in SA you start in the term after you turn 5. He would have done 6 terms of RECEPTION/PREP and gone to year 1 in 2014 which I was happy with.

Problem is...we are now moving to QLD in April this year.
As far as I can gather, in QLD he would have been expected to have started PREP in Term 1 this year because he is 5 before July, but obviously he hasn't.

I want him to do a full year of PREP, so can he start PREP in Term 1 2014, even though he will turn 6 at the end of June? ( some kids will turn 6 a matter of days after him)

Anyone advise would be welcome biggrin.gif

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

QUOTE
My son turns 5 in June 2013 and was due to start Reception (PREP) in Term 3, because in SA you start in the term after you turn 5. He would have done 6 terms of RECEPTION/PREP and gone to year 1 in 2014 which I was happy with.


He would still have been in Reception in 2014, not Year 1. 6 terms of Reception is Term 3 and 4 2013 and all 4 terms in 2014. He goes into Year 1 in 2015.

My niece moved from SA to QLD three years ago with a DS who turned 5 in June as well. They would not enrol him in Prep as he had not been at school that year. He had to wait until the next year.

So your DS would be the same - and it would be the same as if he started in SA.


#3 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

If he starts in April - he could start Prep in April and then start Grade 1 next year - they have to turn 5 by 30 June.  


My boys started prep at 4 years 1 month and 4 years 4 months and started Grade 1 at 5 years 1 month and 5 years 4 months when the old system was that they had to turn 5 by 31st December

So your son could do 8 months of prep and start Grade 1 next year

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 04 February 2013 - 09:10 PM.


#4 tweds333

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 04/02/2013, 08:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He would still have been in Reception in 2014, not Year 1. 6 terms of Reception is Term 3 and 4 2013 and all 4 terms in 2014. He goes into Year 1 in 2015.

My niece moved from SA to QLD three years ago with a DS who turned 5 in June as well. They would not enrol him in Prep as he had not been at school that year. He had to wait until the next year.

So your DS would be the same - and it would be the same as if he started in SA.


Sorry huh.gif , my mistake, I meant 'Year 1 in 2015'.
I suppose I was just afraid they would say he has to go straight to year 1 in 2014 because of the cut of dates in QLD.

#5 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

so in SA what is the minimum and maximum no of terms in RECEPTION

#6 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

so in SA what is the minimum and maximum no of terms in RECEPTION


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 04 February 2013 - 09:13 PM.


#7 tweds333

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

QUOTE (kerilyntaryn @ 04/02/2013, 09:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If he starts in April - he could start Prep in April and then start Grade 1 next year - they have to turn 5 by 30 June.  


My boys started prep at 4 years 1 month and 4 years 4 months and started Grade 1 at 5 years 1 month and 5 years 4 months when the old system was that they had to turn 5 by 31st December

So your son could do 8 months of prep and start Grade 1 next year


I thought about this but it would definitely not be my 1st choice. He's the kind of child that takes a while to adjust to new surroundings so starting 3 months behind everyone else into a classroom of new faces might be a recipe for an 'unhappy boy'

#8 tweds333

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE (kerilyntaryn @ 04/02/2013, 09:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
so in SA what is the minimum and maximum no of terms in RECEPTION


Minimum number of terms is 3, max is 7 as I understand.

#9 Heather11

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

QUOTE (kerilyntaryn @ 04/02/2013, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
so in SA what is the minimum and maximum no of terms in RECEPTION


At the moment it is min of 3 terms, max of 6.

Next year it changes to single intake.  Everyone does 4 terms.

PS Why is this in car restraints.

#10 lucky 2

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

Hi tweds333,

I have moved your topic out of the Car Restraints forum and into the Education- First Year of School sub-forum.
I hope you get some great advice.

Kind regards,

lucky 2
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#11 Happypinks

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

A lot of people will hold off starting their kids in prep when they are May/June babies. A friend of mine is doing the same. My DD is a May baby but will start prep Jan 2014 at 4yrs 8 months. My other daughter however being an August baby will start prep when she is 5yrs 5 months.

You could still have your DS enrolled in a kindy program this year to prepare him for a start in Jan next year. He certainly wont be the only one in his class that started a year later due to being a June baby.

#12 Happypinks

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

A lot of people will hold off starting their kids in prep when they are May/June babies. A friend of mine is doing the same. My DD is a May baby but will start prep Jan 2014 at 4yrs 8 months. My other daughter however being an August baby will start prep when she is 5yrs 5 months.

You could still have your DS enrolled in a kindy program this year to prepare him for a start in Jan next year. He certainly wont be the only one in his class that started a year later due to being a June baby.

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

QUOTE (tweds333 @ 04/02/2013, 09:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry huh.gif , my mistake, I meant 'Year 1 in 2015'.
I suppose I was just afraid they would say he has to go straight to year 1 in 2014 because of the cut of dates in QLD.

No, he would still do Prep. He will not yet be 6 at the start of next year. That's still in the cut off for FYOS. He won't be able to go this year and do 8 months starting in April, because he hasn't started in Term 1, but he will be able to begin Prep next year at 5.5yo.



#14 barrington

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

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No, he would still do Prep. He will not yet be 6 at the start of next year. That's still in the cut off for FYOS

You are getting your states mixed up.  This is not the case in Qld.

#15 Expelliarmus

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

But when my niece moved with her 5yo DS, he was not able to do Prep that year as he had not started school here and could only do Prep the following year.

She actually got around it by her DH flying down to Adelaide, the child attending school in SA for a day and then, because the child had been enrolled in school, they would take in him Prep in QLD.

Are you trying to say that the Prep year has *not* been made compulsory yet? That it is still optional? I was under the impression that it had been made a formal school year in line with the Australian Curriculum.

Have been Googling

QUOTE
6. Can children turning 5 after 30 June enrol in Prep?

Children must be five by 30 June in year of enrolment.  Special consideration may be given to children from interstate or overseas who meet legislated criteria.
http://education.qld.gov.au/strategic/advi.../faq-prep1.html

It *is* still optional. What is the point of a NC ...

Edited by howdo, 04 February 2013 - 09:49 PM.


#16 ReadySetRace

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Sounds like you want to start him in Prep in 2014 in Qld. That won't be a problem when you move, other May / June babies start a year later.

As PP said, enrol him in a kindergarten program when you arrive here.

#17 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

you could always see how he goes and see what the school thinks,  this first term is a very short one anyway.  There's always the option of repeating to if need be  or depending which school you go to there may be the composite class options too.  Could he go to a childcare with the prep/reception type program before you move?
My boys did well in prep and they were 5 till the last week of school.  He just turned 4 before he started prep

#18 Expelliarmus

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

But he will not be able to enrol in April when they arrive in Queensland.

He won't have been enrolled and attending school in SA so they won't take him in a QLD school until 2014. PP wants to know if he can do Prep in 2014. I always thought so but I also thought the Prep had been made compulsory. Given he's from interstate, you should be able to get 'special consideration' for him to do Prep in 2014, OP.

#19 barrington

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:54 AM

QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 04/02/2013, 11:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
eta: if the OP was already in QLD, she would have had the choice of starting in 2013 or 2014.

Some children are indeed able to start in either year (notably some private schools or special needs) but for a NT child at a standard public school, there is no choice.  

QUOTE
You legally don't have to start school until 6 1/2yo in QLD so I can't imagine an issue with your child doing a full year of prep in 2014, OP
I'm not sure where you got that information from, or if you are meaning Year 1.  But if the Qld Government's website states that children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they start Prep (per PP earlier) then, no, you can't start Prep in either year.

#20 Swelle

Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

I would definitely be getting some advice from ed qld and the school if you know which one. Qld is very different to other states. Prep is not yet compulsory as the first year of schooling (its complex, principal explained it to us but I cant reliably remember the detail - its compulsory but not legislated or vice versa). Cut off is turning 5 before June 30. If a child does not go to school before that cut off the school may place them in year 1 the following year unless you apply for delayed entry (this is what our school informed us). I have a child whose birthday is June 23 and was unsure about him starting school so young.
You can enroll in prep in term 2 when you arrive in qld, we had a few late starters last year in my other sons class. I would stress again that you get advice from the education department and not a forum where people who advise from sa, nsw, etc have really different systems.

Edited by meagum, 14 February 2013 - 08:50 PM.


#21 Arthur or Martha

Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

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Edited by ambwrose, 03 September 2013 - 06:47 AM.


#22 Etcetera

Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Talk to the school as it is up to them. if you don't do prep in the year he turns 5 they may want to put him straight into year 1 to be with his age group.

DS 1 started prep in June just before his 5th birthday  - we were actually looking into schools for the following year and the principal suggested starting him then - bit of a special case though as he has SN and we weren't happy with his daycare.
He's just started year 2 and TBH I wish we had waited.

#23 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

We had to apply for delayed entry to prep for DS and then another application for an extra year of C&K kindy funding, DS is the only one in his class who was born before the cut off date.

Our application was approved on the basis of developmental delays, it is not quite like NSW where people who delay entry are very common.

But you can shop around with schools though, some state schools that are trying to boost their enrolements will be more flexible than others like ours who only took DS into prep because he lives in the catchment and had approval for delayed entry.






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