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    Different school starting ages

    This is all so confusing! Is so unfortunate with the cut off date, and blows my mind she can’t start formal school until nearly 6. She’s already recognising letters, doing simple addition at 2.5 so I think will be ready at 4. And is doing this off her own back - I’m not a flashcard Mum. Unfortunately moving to NSW for a term or home educating aren’t really an option. We don’t have her on the list for private schools - but surely if we registered her now and she scored highly on the assessment she’d get a place? Or are they not selective here? It is all so very different. Thanks for all the advice and inputs
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    Different school starting ages

    Urg that’s really annoying - even if they are not far from the cut off (May) and could cope academically? Are private schools any more flexible?
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    Different school starting ages

    My daughter was born in May 2017, so in the UK would be due to start school in September 2021. We are now living in Melbourne, where the cut off is 30th April, so she wouldn’t start school until Feb 2023 - a massive difference. We aren’t planning on a forever move, but for her to get a UK school place we’d need to apply next January, and I can see us staying a bit longer. How easy is it to persuade public schools here to let them start early? I’m really worried if we move back when she’s 5 or 6 and other kids have been in school 18 months longer than her. The UK reception/year 1 curriculum is now increasingly structured and I think it would be hard to catch up. Prep seems very casual in comparison (plus they are already 18 months behind) Any experiences of this would be super helpful! Thanks!