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Deferred entry to primary school

Am I entitled to defer my child's entry to Primary 1 and will a further year of funded early learning and childcare provision be provided?

In line with legislation, parents/carers of children whose 5th birthday falls between the day after the school starts in August and the last day of February the following year, are considered not to have reached 'school commencement age' and parents/carers have a choice about whether they enrol and send their child to school or defer until the following school year.

  • Parents/carers with children whose 5th birthday is between March and mid-August (including the first day of the school term) are not automatically entitled to defer their child's entry to primary school as their child has already reached the age of 5 on the school commencement date in August. A further year of funded early learning and childcare provision would be at the discretion of the local authority.
  • Parents/carers with children whose 5th birthday is between mid-August (day after school commences) and December are entitled to defer their child's entry to P1 but it is at the discretion of the local authority if a further year of funded early learning and childcare provision is granted.
  • Parents/carers with children whose 5th birthday is in either January or February are automatically entitled to defer entry to P1. A further year of funded early learning and childcare provision will be provided.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and in the interest of public health and safety, please submit your deferred entry application form electronically in conjunction with your Primary 1 enrolment paperwork.

If you can't do this, please enclose all relevant documentation in a single sealed envelope and post/deliver it to your catchment primary school.

Find email and postal addresses for all North Lanarkshire schools.

Deferred entry information leaflet and application form

For more information and an application form, download this document.

Page last updated:
03 Mar 2021

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