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 have completed the P1 registration process and did not apply for a defer entry at that time, you can still make an application by completing the form linked on this page under the Related Links heading which will become live from 10 January 2022.

All defer entry applications must be submitted by 1 February 2022.