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  1. Jane Escapades

    Your children really have had a bit of a journey with school. I'm glad I read this as Little E is a summer baby and I have started to think will she be ready to start school just 8 weeks after she turns 4. Only time will tell but it's been nice to read about your experience x

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      I've been lucky as I've never had a child that has cried to go into school, I really do feel for the parents that have to have their little ones torn away from them in the playground. I think you know if your child is ready for school though, and mine were right from the start. x

  2. pixiedusk

    My son is born in June. A lot of his classmates are way older and theres about 5-6 of them who was born in June and onwards. I have reservations too for him to start primary school before as his bestfriends are still in preschool.

    He is doing well but if its up to me I would have want him to start primary school this September rather than last year.

    #wotw

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      My daughter was early too but only a few weeks, but she is also very tall for her age and especially in the early years they did expect her to be much more mature than she was. It is sad when they expect to much, most teachers will listen if you express concern. X

  3. Rachel H

    I also have a summer babies my eldest was just a week over 4 when she started primary school,she is now at high school and doing really well. I do think about some of her peers almost being a whole school year older than her but she is doing so well.

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      There are times, more so in the early years, when you see the whole class together and your child just looks like a baby in comparison. It does improve as they get older though and the age difference seems to matter less if they are coping with the work, they tend to advance in their maturity to match their class mates. I'm glad your daughter is doing well 🙂

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      There are times, more so in the early years, when you see the whole class together and your child just looks like a baby in comparison. It does improve as they get older though and the age difference seems to matter less if they are coping with the work, they tend to advance in their maturity to match their class mates. I'm glad your daughter is doing well 🙂

  4. bloggingastrid.com

    I totally understand you have to weigh your options carefully. I struggled in school and went to three different elementary schools and two different secondary schools. School changes are hard even if the school your kids are currently in isn't ideal.

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      I know what you mean, it breaks my heart that they couldn't stay at their old school which was really nice. I am truly hoping that this school gets it's act together so I don't have to move them again.

  5. Jibber JabberUK

    Both of my children were born in November so when they have started school has never been an issue for me. My daughter has got some very nasty girls in her year but I tell her just to walk away from them. I fear things will get worse at secondary school!

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      I was born in November, it's a good time age wise, not the oldest or the youngest of the class. There are always the nasty children though and that's a worry. My children are not the type to rise to bullying, but they get upset sometimes.

  6. Kara Guppy

    I have June and August babies and they have all done brilliantly at school. I think people forget that Reception is play-based learning just like Nursery so it is not a huge jump

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      I think it's more the social side of joining reception class than the learning, although if your child has an active social life then they'll probably fit right in no matter what year they join.

  7. Jen Walshaw

    I think the age gap becomes less significant as they get older. My youngest is a summer baby and at 4, nearly a years age gap is a quarter of their life. When they are sixteen it has reduced to a much smaller gap. I certainly would always advocate that parent knows best, no matter how old their child is.

    • Anne Stone Sweet

      That's an interesting way of thinking about Jen, yes a year is a quarter of a four year old's life! And age gaps do feel a lot less as you get older…if I'd met my current partner at school, well, he'd be in year 1 while I was in year 11..yikes!

  8. oana79

    I have worked as a sub teacher on and off for 8 years now and I do tend to agree with the idea that children born in the summer are less mature and probably less ready for school at 4! This does not mean to say that they do not catch up but the hard start can leave an imprint, in my opinion and from my experience.xx

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