Deferred entry to school

If your child has not had their 5th birthday before they are due to start Primary School, you can defer your child's entry to Primary School by a year.

If your child is deferring entry to school for a year, you can:

  • automatically get an extra year of early learning and childcare funding if their 5th birthday is in the period 1 January to the end of February (inclusive);
  • apply to the council and request an extra year of early learning and childcare funding if their 5th birthday is in the period from the start of the new school year in August to 31 December (inclusive) - the council will decide if your child will get an extra year of funding.

How to apply

If you wish to have an additional year at nursery, you must first complete the P1 online registration form after which you can apply for a deferred entry.