Kindy surprise at Lalor Park

St Bernadette
St Bernadette's kindy kids for next year

Kindy orientation is happening across all our primary schools and The Daily Telegraph was at St Bernadette's to capture all the fun.

By Bruce McDougall (Daily Telegraph)

Children could be forced to delay starting kindergarten to stop four-year- olds sharing classrooms with children as old as six on their first day of school.

State and territory education ministers will consider a push by the Australian Primary Principals’ Association for a national school starting age which would raise the age of kindergarten entry for thousands of children in NSW.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham told The Saturday Tele- graph inconsistent starting ages around Australia was “a very practical concern that is regularly raised by education teachers and parent representatives”.

Parents have expressed unease about the large age and maturity gaps that can occur between the youngest and eldest children in kindergarten.

The country’s peak primary principals body says many families are choosing to delay starting school because younger children often lack the social and emotional skills to cope.

To start school in NSW children must turn five by the end of July but that can produce a wide age disparity with four-year-olds often sitting next to six- year-olds in class.

The proposed national standard would allow entry to kindergarten at the start of the school year only if children turn five on or before April 30 that year.

The laws currently differ across Australia but a starting age with a cut-off at the end of April — instead of July 31 — would reduce the age range between new entrants in NSW by three months.

“I would encourage state ministers to consider the evidence about what is best for student learning and to minimise disruption when moving from state to state,” said.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said it was the school starting Australia but should adopt the 31 cut-off date where there i period for enrolmment one,” he said.

At St Bernadette’s Primary School at Lalor Park 37 new entrants entrants attend orientation day for from 32 last year.

Crystal Wrightman said she delayed her daughter Deanna’s school start for maturity reasons and with an eye to her future.
Posted By Patrick Whiteley at 6/11/2017 3:52:33 PM

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