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Parents considering deferring their four-year-olds starting school have to apply until the end of this month (January).

Nurseries have the necessary application form to ensure four-year-olds retain their place in their Early Learning & Childcare setting.

Deferred entry is allowed if your child was born between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 and is due to start primary school in August.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar says that if your child is still four at the start of the school term in August 2023, you can request to defer your child’s entry into Primary 1 to August 2024. The child will instead receive a further year of funded early learning and childcare.

Previously, only children with a 4th birthday in January or February were automatically entitled to an additional year of funded early learning and childcare.

However, from August 2023, all children who are not five years old by the first day of the school term in August will automatically be entitled to an additional year of funded early learning and childcare if parents choose.