Let's look at the evidence. Every waking hour of my day he's asking to go to preschool. He asks for his preschool top before bed, and when he wakes up in the morning. When I pick him up from preschool he wants to go back. His best friend is at preschool.
Preschool, preschool, preschool, preschool. That's all I hear about. If he could go more often he would. Roll on September when he will experience a couple of full days at preschool, lunch times and the tiredness that goes with a full day.
When we drop Thing 4 off into Reception class he wants to stay. He queues in the line to choose what to have for lunch and the teacher amuses him by asking what he would like! He goes off to play with some toys in the class and I have to tell him its time to leave.
So, that's not to say things might change in the next 15 months but I highly doubt it. My last baby is growing up and by the time the children start back this September I will be applying for his Reception class place for September 2016. My last baby is growing up and flying the nest. I will be redundant, no longer needed by a small person during the day.
I completely understand when people say their child isn't ready for school. Every parent knows their child best. Also when that child is a Summer born baby and, like Thing 5, only turns 4 in the August leading up to the start of school it can seem like a big change for them. However, I do see the rising 5's struggling too whilst I see the just 4's taking it all in their stride. Every child is different. Every child has had a different experience of preschools, nurseries, childcare etc... before they start Reception class and I do think this factors in to how they handle the start of school too.
For now, I know he is ready. The same as Thing 2 was ready and starting school didn't phase her, another August baby. (August 10th is a good day for a birthday!)