Delayed entry to primary one

In Scotland, children usually start primary school in the year during which they have their fifth birthday. This means that in primary one classes, children are usually aged between 4 and a half and 5 and a half years old.

When a child doesn't start school at the expected August start date for their year group, it is called deferred entry.

From August 2024, children who defer and turn 5 between 21st August 2024 and the end of February 2025, will be automatically entitled to an additional year of funded early learning and childcare (ELC).

We will not automatically enrol your child to nursery for another year of ELC you will have to complete the online ELC application.

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Please contact your child's current nursery to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child starting in primary.