Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Additional year of early learning and childcare

All children who are still four years old at the start of the school year can be deferred and start primary one the following year. Children with a birthday in January or February are automatically entitled to another year of funded early learning and childcare. 

Should parents of children with a birthday between the school commencement date in August and the end of December choose to defer entry to primary school and start primary 1 the following year, local authorities have discretion over whether to provide additional early learning and childcare hours. This is based on an assessment of wellbeing informed by appropriate professionals.

How to apply

If you wish to consider deferring your child’s entry to school and wish an additional year of early learning and childcare for your child, please contact the head/manager of the centre your child currently attends. You will be given an application form to complete. 

Contact Information

Education Service - Early Years
Civic Centre South
16 John Dickie Street

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