Hi everyone I'm a secondary teacher but I'm posting here as a parent, and would really appreciate some advice from early years viewpoint. My little girl is 3 and a half and has been in a wonderful private nursery since she turned 2. She's very happy there, has a great relationship with the staff, and lovely friends. She's an early September birth so will turn 4 a few days into the next academic year. She's now in their age 3+ area which can take her through to school age. We applied for a place for her at the local school nursery for this September, when she will turn 4. We would like her to attend that school from reception. We're not in the catchment but their recently adapted academy admission criteria gives her an advantage of getting in if she attends the nursery first. Our dilemma is between keeping her in her private nursery, or sending her to the school nursery in September when she turns 4. The private nursery is gorgeous - and it has great hours and flexibility - her attending in school holidays being one advantage for me as it gives me some actual holiday time. The possibility of another baby coming along in the next year means this would be extra helpful! My doubts about the private nursery are mainly academic - by their own admission they don't do a lot of structured phonics, reading/writing etc. She's a bright girl and is doing these things with me at home and I think she would really fly with the input from school too. Aside from the advantages for us, we obviously want to do the right thing for her. She has friends that are already in the early years unit at this school so I thinks she'll slot in easily whenever she goes, friendships wise. So - I'd love your early years opinions. Do you see a difference, academically and in terms of maturity, emotional readiness etc., between children who have stayed in a private nursery until reception, and those who do a year of school nursery? Does it really just depend on the child? She's quite an old 3 I'd say. She's very independent already, can get herself dressed, works really well in groups etc. I don't want to hold her back - but will it really make a difference in the long run? Thank you for any input!