Posted by: Mother | 2011/05/06


can a child fail &  repeat in creche

Hi Doc

in your opinion, my daughter is 5 and is in creche grade R, her teacher wants her to repeat because she says she doesnt talk when asked questions so she assumes she doesnt understands,
she says she is not going to graduate her to grade 1 for next year because she must repeat as she will struggle later in life,

is there such this like a chile repeating in creche? can it be so bad that she has to start repeating now,
at home she is very clever, i mean i hear that from other people, the way she interacts with people always complement me for her reasonig, her expressions, but at school its different,
i have noticed that she is an introvert just like me, i dont ever talk. somehow she has my qualities, her father is worse,
but can a child repeat in creche?

Expert's Reply



It seems that your daughter is following a family pattern of being quiet and introverted and this is counting against her at school. It would be a very bad idea to keep her back a year as another year in the same Grade R will only knock her confidence further. You know that your daughter is bright and smart so you need to help her to interact with the teacher and with other children.Invite a friend of hers from the school to come and play with her at your home. Having a good friend at school is a real confidence booster.Let her make something at home that she can take to the teacher to show her such as a drawing or painting. Also teach her to write her name somewhere on the drawing.You have still got a good few months to help your daughter to boost her confidence at school.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/05/06

The grade R year is part of the foundation phase of schooling which is grade R - grade 3 and children can be kept back once during each phase - if it can be proved that there is benefit to holding them back.

However, to apply to the education department to hold your child back, you must have an educational psychologists report and a report from the pre-primary principal and from the teacher.

The reasons are usually that the child is not mature enough (often the case with those who will only turn 6 in October - December) or because the child is not coping with the work.

If your child is not responding to the teacher, have her hearing checked. Also, if she is introverted, she might just be too shy to respond and the teacher is just over reacting. Surely the test of whether she understands or not is whether she can do the set task or not.

Usually in about August of each year the chidlren are given a school readiness assessment and it is at that point that teachers and parents can begin the application process to hold a child back if necessary.

Ist does however remain your choice.

Occupational Therapy does have its benefits for children who genuinely have problems, but its mostly just a money making racket. All an OT does is in a one on one situation teach your child things that you are paying school fees for the teacher to teach them - how to hold a pencil, colours (applicable before the grade R year though as kids should know their colours at around age 2).

See an edcucational psychologist with no links to the school before you make any decisions.

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Posted by: mother | 2011/05/06

thats true, thank you very much. i am busy looking for psycologists in pretoria.

i am really concerned.

thank you

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Posted by: Ship | 2011/05/06

Hi Mother,

That sounds rather odd to me. My 2.5 year old also did not answer the teacher, but it was put down to a language difficulty. I speak English to him and we put him in an Afrikaans school to learn the language. He did not repeat and now never stops talking! I am also reserved.

Perhaps you should get her assessed by another professional, such as an Occupational Therapist or maybe it is her ears, take her for a hearing test.

I hope you come right, this is not good to hear so early on in the child''s schooling career.

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