Charlotte turned 3 last month and is so ready for preschool, she loves going and enjoys playing and taking part in all the various activities on offer. She attends 15 hours a week and this is perfect for her.
But, as an August baby I worry about her starting Year R in 2012, when she will have only just turned 4 and may still be clutching her teddy-bear as we walk to class!
In a few months I will need to start the application process for her enrollment into Year R. However, I heard that it may be possible to delay her entry into Year R allowing her to remain in preschool for a little longer, even until she turns 5 missing Year R out altogether!
But, although I can see the benefits for Summer babies there are also disadvantages. Missing all or part of Year R will mean she misses out on the ‘transition’ between preschool and school and many of her friends she plays with now may have moved up; leaving her with the younger children……will this hinder her progress academically?
So, have you deferred entry or are you thinking about it? Alternatively, do you think it’s better to start them early and push them on? Either way I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.