I agree with everyone it is down to your dcs personality. Ds1 bright,intelligent,picks things up very quickly and extremely conscientious. We started in January as I was aadvised by parents who had just been through it not to leave it until yr 6(that had been my plan
If you want/need a tutor,book early and find one that suits your dc and family in general.
My ds2 is as clever as ds1 however he is missing the conscientious gene so despite wanting to take the test he refuses to apply himself. I will have to be stricter and I am making sure that he gets used to doing 20mins of work every day throughout year 4 with a tutor in yr 5(already booked,shes great,pm me for a name) being the carrot. The stick is not being entered!
Praise your dcs a lot. I dont think we realise quite how stressful they find the whole process if they are serious about it
(I didnt) and remember that they are only 9/10 throughout the build up. Make everything else as much fun as you can.
Read a lot.
Be proud of them and tell them often that you love them
(I did/do that all the time anyway)
I will probably think of more later and write them down.
Oh yes,did I say love them and be proud of them...