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If your child’s fifth birthday falls in January or February, they are automatically entitled to receive an additional funded year of early learning and childcare.
If your child’s fifth birthday falls between the first day of term in August and the 31 December (inclusive), they are not automatically entitled to an additional year of early learning and childcare. Parents/carers can apply to the Council for funding for this additional year.
Most parents choose to send their child to school as soon as s/he is eligible to start.
By the time children reach the age of 4 or 5 years old, there are already differences in each child's development, learning and levels of independence.
We understand the importance of the decision you are making and we aim to help you make the best decision for your child.
If you have any concerns about your child starting you school you should speak directly to the staff who care for your child and/or to the Head or Manager of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) setting your child attends.
If your child has a January/February birthday you do not need to complete an application form. You should inform your child’s ELC setting that you wish an automatic deferred place.
If your child’s fifth birthday falls between the first day of term in August and the 31 December (inclusive), you must complete a Deferred Entry application form which is available from all ELC settings. This form must be returned to your ELC setting.
Although we accept application forms throughout the academic year, we would advise parents to submit their completed application forms to their establishments by the end of February of that same year.
In all cases you should enrol your child at your catchment primary school. This usually happens in January of each year. This safeguards your child's place in primary 1 should your application for a funded deferred place be unsuccessful.
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