What age should the youngest child enroll in 1st grade; at what age should parents consider postponing for 1 year their child's enrollment? Playing is very important for a child and that is why there is a minimum age and a right to postpone the child's enrollment for 1 year but I appreciate that more playtime is not always needed. Being with children your age and doing age appropriate stuff is more important sometimes.
In most countries and their educational/legal systems children enroll in 1st grade when they are 6 years old; there is a caveat to that the child is considered to be 6 years old not when they actually are 6 years old at the first day of school but on 31st December of the year they should enroll. Most countries also give parents the right to enroll their children 1 year later; postpone the enrollment for 1 year.
I had friends of mine including a headmistress say that they thought it is better to let their children play.
Should a child born on mid October for example be considered for enrollment postponement (they would be 5 years and 11 months old if they enroll regularly while if they have their enrollment postponed their will be 6 years and 11 months old)?
I really like the clear cut rule most Countries have (anyone born untill 31st December) but the fact that so many people make use of the exceptional (or what was supposed to be an exception) right makes me doubt the rectitude of the rule. If the rule is correct (considering that the special cases are also very few) shouldn't there only be a couple of parents choosing to postpone the enrollment (when the children are really special cases and not simply too young and in need of more playtime)? Since playing is so important was it taken into account by the Governments?
I hope the question is on topic. I also considered Education and Politics stack exchange but I favoured Parenting because I appreciate that out of the Three Parenting is closer (the right is given to Parents and it is their choice to postpone or not I am only secondarily questioning the rectitude of most Governments decisions and the Educational Policy in General).