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!