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    Letting your kids start school later?

    Hey guys...this is a bit premature as my boy isn't even two yet. But I don't think it's ever too early to start thinking about schooling! Unlike baby who was born in sept (which will make him an elder in his year), i was a summer baby and so barely 4 when I started school - Despite attending play schools etc beforehand, I wasn't emotionally ready for the detachment from my mum/home life at this stage and it caused a lot of anxiety in me which I believe is the basis for a lifetime of anxiety troubles. Of course he could be totally different to me! But I'm really keen on allowing my son that extra year in the comfort and security of family life. It sounds great in theory, but how do you go about it in the real world? What are the obstacles you face? If there's anyone here that's delayed schooling and knows more about it or who to contact I'd love to hear what you have to say..❤️


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    I've known people who have done that before but they were in exceptional circumstances (the baby was born with severe disabilities) and it was a real challenge, I'm not sure on details really but all I heard was that it was very hard. What you may also want to consider is that in further education your child may want to stay behind (either in college or 6th form) another year which they wont be able to do for free if they have already stayed behind a year.

    Hope that helps in any way.

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    Hi. I have some experience of this as I work in school and with children with disabilities. You can delay your child's school start with permission from the headteacher if your child has severe developmental delays eg they are 4 but developmentally they are at 18 months. Legally your child does not have to attend school till age 5 but you would have to negotiated this with the head teacher so that a place is held for them. However I have worked in reception class and age on entry really has no bearing on how emotionally ready a child is for school and those who succeed tend to be the children who have a positive relationship with their parents but who have also attended nursery so they are used to being away from their parents. Schools spend the first year in reception nurturing your child to get them ready to learn in year 1 and really the first year is all about learning routine and being confident in school. Whichever route you choose your school should be open to discussion with you. Hope this helps xxx

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    I really think nearer the time, you will be the best person to answer your question. I/we took our first child to play school, nursery. I felt she was not ready, so I would stay with her. During this time, I would leave my kid to mingle and I would deliberately help out the teachers with the other kids. Towards the end, when she really had settled. The teachers asked me if I would like to work there, as they felt there was too few male teachers in the schooling environment. At the time it wasn't for me. Some 16 years later I acquired a teaching qualification.

    I think if you live isolated/travellers, then there is much to be gained from socialising your kids at an early stage and play school, nursery is a valued resource.

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