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11-08-2008, 03:45 PM
Does anyone know -
If a child with Down Syndrome who is 7 coming 8 years old who has been held back a school year because of her special needs (so will be in year 2 rather than year 3 in september)- would she still be classed as an over 8 once she hits 8 or would she have to be classed as a 5-8 year old due to her still being at infants school in year 2, even though she is 8?

Pudding Girl
11-08-2008, 03:47 PM
AFAIK it's always the chronological age they go by, but maybe a quick call to Ofsted would be in order to get definitive answer?

11-08-2008, 03:56 PM
i would have thought the same....but no harm in checking just to make sure.

11-08-2008, 03:56 PM
Afaik? What does that mean? I have never heard of that one before. ha

11-08-2008, 04:03 PM
As Far As I know

and iw ould call ofsted as i don't know the answer either

11-08-2008, 05:20 PM
i would think her true age :)

11-08-2008, 07:57 PM
I would have thought true age but by all means give ofsted a quick call for peace of mind.:)

12-08-2008, 10:34 AM
It is common practice round here for the local schools to hold any child with a condition such as Downs Syndrome, Aspergers, Global development delay etc back a year or in some cases two. Especially between Infants and Junior schools.

12-08-2008, 02:25 PM
I care for a child of 6 who has downs syndrome, and another aged 9 who is not in mainstream but at a special school with global delay and autism.
Both are included under their actual age, but I give special consideration to them and have an assistant with me if we go out to have a better adult child ratio even though on paper i dont need to
Hope that helps

12-08-2008, 03:24 PM
I was under the impression that the child was classed by their actual age unless the level of care reqired would infact make them significantly younger ...ie a 10 year old with a mental age of 5, or a severley disabled 5 year old that required the same level of care as a toddler IYSWIM..I FULLY ADMIT THAT I'M NOT 100% ON THIS THOUGH!:rolleyes:

I would think that in the circumstances you mention it would be the child's actual age...but if in doubt check!:)

12-08-2008, 04:27 PM
Thanks all xx