So, we are pretty much set for our move. Just the final date to decide on.
The one sticking point is when to time it for school. We have a school in mind, have been in touch etc and know whats what with enrolment. Only we can't decide between flying over for the start of term 4 beginning Oct 14 or waiting possibly a week or two more and missing 2 of the 9 weeks of the final term (my visa is due to be granted by a date in Oct but its after Oct 14, hence the possible delay).
Basically we have found out that if son were to start school next Jan he would automatically be put in reception as this is what the new system will have in place. Even after doing a full year of reception and a term of Y1 in the UK. Because of the new cut off from 2014 he would be in reception. Fair enough, its how some other states work it and it is at least clear cut and the same for everyone (state system, not private).
The only way round this (which was always our plan anyway) is to come over in time for him to do a term in reception and be assessed by the school and then all being well be placed up with those that will have done 3-4 terms of reception and go into Y1 in Jan 2014 with them. He misses the age cut off by 10 days and its at the school discretion if he goes up so we are hopeful as he'll be coming over after a full year of UK reception and about 5-6 weeks of Y1 behind him. We plan on continuing doing some work with him over the summer hols here and also have been checking out the Aus curriculum so we can be prepared. I know its a case by case basis so we can only hope for the best.
My main concern is do you think it would be detrimental to miss the first week or two of term 4 (he'd still do at least 7-8 weeks of the 9 week term)? Or won't it make much difference. I just really want him to settle well and have the best chance to go into Y1 in Jan 2014. He's done really well at school here and I am pretty confident he'll stack up alongside the children who have done 3-4 terms of Aus reception coming off the back of a whole year of YR and a bit of Y1 here.
Thanks in advance :)