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Preschool seems to be the word typically used for children's education before they enter elementary school. But how do we call a child who has finished preschool education? Is it valid to use preschooled? I just Googled for this term and found no such usage.

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    One tends to call them preschool children until the point at which they become school children.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:08
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    Maybe sixish?
    – bib
    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:55
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    "A graduate of the finger-painting academy"?
    – Oldbag
    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:59
  • @Oldbag: And possibly cum laude.
    – Drew
    Jan 6, 2015 at 22:00

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In Britain we would say that they were a child of normal school age, (or of school age).

This would mean either that they had reached their fifth birthday (from when education becomes compulsory), or that they were a rising five and, depending on the local schools' admissions criteria, were eligible for a school place.

Perhaps because there is no legal requirement for a child to be pre-schooled, though nowadays almost all children are, there would seem no requirement for a word which means 'pre-schooled'.

A pre-school institution is usually, nowadays, called a day nursery. The word kindergarten, resonant of the private-school sector, is a bit old fashioned, nowadays.

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  • +1 for school age. But in the US, the usual age for entering kindergarten is around 5 years old. Six year olds attend what we call first grade. Also, may US jurisdictions do not require schooling until age six.
    – bib
    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:57
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In the USA, kindergarten is not part of pre-school, but part of regular education. So, a kid either done with preschool or never gone to preschool is kindergarten ready. Kindergarten is part of elementary or primary school in the USA.

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Kindergarten graduate (sounds sweet!)

Picture on Chicago Tribune

jotform has a form for registering a "Kindergarten graduate"

Use this form insert details of the child graduating from kindergarten.

Oscar Grady Public Library has a program called

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN GRADUATE!

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  • The programme is called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten”. The page you link to shows a girl who is a graduate of the programme. She has not graduated kindergarten—if she had, she wouldn’t be eligible for the programme at all! Jan 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • And in first grade we can refer to our distinguished pupil as being enrolled in post-kindergarten graduate studies.
    – Drew
    Jan 6, 2015 at 22:01
  • @JanusBahsJacquet The purpose was to show the use case.
    – Kris
    Jan 7, 2015 at 6:46
  • @Drew "post-kindergarten studies" -- see usage.
    – Kris
    Jan 7, 2015 at 6:47

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