Councils set a date by which children must have had their 5th birthday to be considered old enough to attend school.
Children born before or on this date are regarded as being of school age.
Children born after this date are not regarded as being old enough to attend school.
Each year the date is advertised along with the notice to enrol children for school.
Before making an application for Early Entry, you should consider:
It may be helpful to discuss these issues with staff at your child's ELC setting.
The information below may be of help in deciding whether or not you wish to apply for Early Entry.
Education staff will consider whether
They will review your child's profiling documentation, observe your child in their ELC setting, consider the Head of Establishment's report (Section B of the application form) and discuss your child's learning and development with ELC staff and a member of the school management team.
Key aspects of learning for consideration will include your child's
Decisions will also be made within the context that
A parent wishing to proceed in applying for Early Entry must complete an Early Entry Request Form.
The parent or legal guardian of the child should complete Section A of the form.
The Head of the ELC setting completes Section B and discusses the application with a member of school senior management team.
All sections of the Early Entry Request Form and a copy of your child's profile should be submitted by 1 February of the year for which early entry is sought.
The application form should be submitted to the ELC establishment your child currently attends.
Arrangements will be made for staff from Education to meet with you and your child at your child's ELC setting. A member of the management team from the primary school will also attend. The discussion will last around an hour.
The purpose of the discussion will be
If your request is granted you will receive a letter inviting you to enrol your child at school.
In considering requests for Early Entry we must take into account the normal constraints affecting education generally. In determining any request, in addition to the meeting with you, we consider whether additional resources, in terms of staff, adaptation of school buildings or facilities will be required as a result of the early entry request. This would also influence our decision.
If the Education Service refuses the request, you will be advised accordingly and given reasons for the refusal. If your request for Early Entry is refused it is not possible to make an appeal against this decision.
Where there are more requests than there are places available for the primary stage at a particular school all requests will be considered in line with the Council's admissions policy.
In general, an Early Entry request will only be considered for the start of a new school year in August. Requests for children whose family move into the area during the school year will be considered on an individual basis.
We are not able to fund home to school transport, except where seats are available in existing provisions. Such provision can however be withdrawn if there is increased need for distance entitled children within the catchment area.
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