Some gifted children may benefit from starting school at a younger age. However, parents need to understand that this is only one way of providing satisfying learning opportunities for a child who may be advanced.
Some children are drawn to academic type learning quite early, for instance often teaching themselves to read and/or showing an early strength in mathematical learning. If they are also socially and emotionally mature, these children may be ready to be part of a school-based learning program at an earlier age than usual.
Other children, including early readers, can benefit equally or more from an early childhood program offering enriched learning opportunities across a range of learning areas.
If you have questions about the best time for your child to commence school you should discuss this decision with relevant professionals.
When should I consider early entry to school for my child?
You should take into account the following factors regarding your child when considering early entry:
- shows readiness for reading and good mathematics reasoning (or is already reading and calculating)
- is eager to start school
- is highly motivated to learn
- is comfortable with older students
- has longer attention span than age peers
- is socially mature, emotionally stable, perceptive, confident
- acts independently
- likes being challenged and perceives school as a place to learn.
Transitioning gifted children
Transitioning from home to a formal learning environment can be a positive experience if appropriate time, discussion and familiarisation with the new environment occurs. For more information on a smooth transition for your child form a home environment to a learning environment, see:
For more information on the Department’s policy and process regarding early entry to school (gifted category), see:
For more information on transitioning children from home to an early education setting, see:
For more information on transitioning children from an early education setting to school, see:
Parents may also wish to seek advice from: