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Mixed age preschool class choice: 2-3 or 3-4 year old class?

Looking for some advice on mixed age pre schools. Our son has the option to be in a 2-3 year class or 3-4 year class, as his birthday is right in between. I'm sure there will be tradeoffs in either cluster but wondering if anyone has experience with this kind of decision? I know the conventional wisdom is to have your child be the eldest in the class for leadership development, but FWIW there will be a greater cluster of kids closer to his birth month in the 3-4 class. Thx for any help!

  • Sara
    Jan 23

    If there are more kids close to his age in the 3-4 year old class I'd go with that personally. There's not as much of a difference between 3 and 4 as there is between 2 and 3. You can also look at your home situation. Does your son have siblings? If your son is a big brother, for example, he might already have ample leadership opportunities at home with his younger sibling and putting him with slightly older kids at preschool will help him learn some of the older kid behaviors. Kids learn a ton from those around them. But if your son is a little brother at home, it might be nice to have him be the oldest at school and be the boss for once.

  • Courtney
    Jan 23

    My kid is only 15 months, but if it were me at this point I’d choose the older crowd. My kid seems to keep up better with bigger kids and tramples the little ones as she doesn’t know her own strength. The older ones can stand their ground lol

  • Cassandra
    Jan 24

    So my son was in the 2s last year. This year they decided to make it 2s and younger 3s so he stayed behind in the same class. They just gave us the chance to move him up to the older 3s and young 4s class. He’ll be one of the youngest but I think he should have been in that class all along. Some of the kids in his class are very babyish and he so much more verbal. I think you want them to be the oldest in K-12, but when it comes to preschool, they really benefit from being around older kids who are more verbal, more into playing together vs parallel play and who might be farther along on the potty train. We are moving him up. And I’m really sad about him missing his teachers, who are so wonderful, but it seems like the right move. I’d pick the older crowd if I were you.

  • Jennifer
    Jan 24

    I'd picked the older crowd. My co-worker who had her daughter attend a preschool/daycare. It was a mixed age group, however her daughter happened to be the oldest one will all the others were like 18months and under. So my co-worker daughter had no kids to really play and talk to and end up having speech delay. The mom had to take her daughter to a special speech class so her daughter can start speaking at 3 1/2 yr old.