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Deferred Entry Guidance for Parent and Carers

In Scotland, children at present normally start school in the year during which they have their 5th birthday. This means they will start school between the ages of 4½ and 5½ years depending on when their birthday falls. 

If you do not want your child to start school at the expected date in August, you can apply to defer their start date and have another funded year in nursery.

 

Children due to start school in August each year are entitled to defer their entry to school and have another funded year in nursery, if their 5th birthday will take place between the first day of term in August and the last day of February the following year.

 

You should speak to the head of the nursery or the childminder where you access your child’s ELC hours, to let them know you would like to defer your child’s entry to primary school. You are automatically entitled to defer and do not have to complete an application form but you do need to let us know your plans so we can make sure we keep a space for your child.

 

If you have already enrolled for school but later decide to defer entry, you should let the school know your child will not be coming in August. You will need to enrol for school again the following year.

 

If your child’s 5th birthday takes place between the first day of March and the day before the first day of term in August, you are not automatically entitled to defer your child’s entry to school. You can still apply but this would normally only be agreed where there is some significant evidence that this would be of educational benefit to your child, for example, if s/he has additional support needs and it is anticipated that extra time in nursery would prepare them better to transition to school.

 

You should speak to the head of the nursery or the childminder where you access your child’s ELC hours, to let them know you would like to defer your child’s entry to primary school. You will need to complete an application form and provide evidence of your child’s needs. The head of the nursery or childminder will be able to offer further advice on this.

 

If your application is agreed but you have already enrolled for school, you should let the school know your child will not be coming in August. You will need to enrol for school again the following year.

 

Deferred Entry Information for Parents & Application form

 

TO BE COMPLETED BY PARENT/CARER IN DISCUSSION WITH HEAD OF NURSERY

 

The completed application for Deferred School Entry should be returned by the nursery to the ELC Team in City Chambers East, 40 John St, Glasgow G1 1JL.

 

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