Her DD started Prep (Vic) this year aged 4 turning 5. She went to Prep transition last year and also attended a Prep assessment interview this year before starting school.
Now, six weeks into the school year, my friend was told by the school that her DD is not ready for Prep. They have indicated some issues and are claiming that was because of her "young age". They are offering her a spot in the Pre-Prep Program at the same school.
My friend is (understandably) upset, but would like to do the right thing by her DD. Her concerns:
- One of her concerns about taking up the Pre-Prep spot is that the child will be aware that she has been stepped down; its a small school and the ELC area is fenced off and very close to where Prep is.
- Her DD has settled in very well into Prep. She has a few friends and is very enthusiastic about going to school. No tears from day one. She just took it all in with open arms.
- She is concerned about this move affecting her DD's self-confidence and possibly her developing a negative attitude about school itself.
- It is a private school and she has spent a fortune on uniforms, stationery, etc. ELC has another uniform.
I've never heard of such a situation. Is it a done thing? I mean if a child is found to be struggling in a grade, could they send the child back to the previous grade after the year has started?
And please, this is about what best my friend can now do. Not about whether she should have "held back" her DD. She made the decision to send her child to school this year and did.
Edited by InAi, 07 March 2012 - 01:35 PM.