This is a huge issue in states like NSW, where children born between January and July can start school when they’re as young as four and a half, or wait one more year.
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Well, the latest research has come down firmly on the side of waiting. A study of more than 100,000 children, led by the University of NSW, has found that almost half of all parents of January-July kids are choosing to hold them back. And, in general, these kids are more likely to thrive at school.
“In general, the older kids were more developed, which means they’re more likely to hit the ground running in terms of learning in the classroom environment,” study director Dr Kathleen Falster tells Mamamia. “But there is going to be variation between kids.”
The study looked at how children in their first year of school scored in five areas, ranging from emotional maturity to communication skills and general knowledge. These are the developmental skills that schoolkids need.