We have just arrived from London and I am trying to arrange schooling for my children. The 6 year old is all sorted and will be starting primary at the Easter break. However, we also have a 3 year old who will be 4 in June. She started at Nursery School (the equivalent of Preschool) in London last Sept (2013) and was both loving it and showing herself to be quite bright, easily keeping up with the older children in her year. Were we to have stayed in London she would be starting Reception, the equivalent of Kinder, this September coming. As a result of the 30 April birthday cut off in the ACT she is only eligible to start preschool next January (2015) and Kinder in 2016. I have discussed this with her London Nursery School teacher who thinks it would be a real shame to keep her back this long as she was doing so well. However, our preferred primary school, which is the one her brother is attending, is a little reluctant, advising against staying her too early whilst ‘respecting our decision’ of we decide to apply for early entry.
Has anyone been through this situation? I would be very interested to hear your thoughts.