Many parents are now grappling with the decision of whether or not to enrol their child for Prep next year.
Are they too young? Are they emotionally ready? Do they have the social skills they need yet?
All these questions are tough to answer, but help is available to advise parents as to the best course of action.
A Prep Readiness program is running on July 15 with Redland Psychologist’s bringing together a group of professionals who are able to give parents a recommendation based on learning, social skills, emotional maturity, gross and fine motor development, and language.
They can assist in identifying possible barriers that the children are likely to face should they start school.
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Many parents are not aware that they can choose to keep their child back, and that they do not then have to go straight into the Year 1 as some parents are pressured into believing.
The program will give each family and their child the chance to meet with speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, pre-school, prep teachers and a guidance officer.
From there a brief summary will be put together for the parents with a tentative recommendation for their child. If there are concerns, parents can choose what to do next.
Research has shown that in countries with the highest achieving students and lowest rates of learning disorders and school drop outs, that the average age of formal learning is seven years and two months.
Australia is starting children at the age of four-and-a-half years and it comes with impacts.
When additional speech and language impairment, anxiety or social/emotional delay, or physical impairment on this age group research shows there is a tremendous increase in learning and anxiety disorders.
There is now one in three children having a formal diagnosis of anxiety due to the pressures on them in this system.
The program is by booking only. To book or for more information, phone 3286 1530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org