Chet - posted on 08/02/2014
It's not just the child. You also need to consider the kindergarten programs available to you, and the make-up of the class.
Some kindergartens are very play-based with lots of open-ended activities, and they can accommodate younger children well. Other kindergarten programs are extremely academic. There is a lot of seat work and children are expected to be reading and writing well before they start grade 1. The curriculum delivery is pretty rigid and an older child will adapt better to the less flexible learning environment.
Another thing to consider is the make-up of the class. How old is your child relative to the other kids? In some areas now (particularly affluent ones) it's common for parents to delay kindergarten entrance and so most of the class 6 or close to it. Sending a child who is 5 to kindergarten where most of the class is already 6 and where some of the kids will even turn 7 before starting grade 1 isn't the same as a 5 year old in a kindergarten class that's made up of 4 and 5 year olds.
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