Early Learning and Childcare

Deferred entry

What is deferred entry to primary school?

Deferred entry is where a parent would like their child to have another year in nursery rather than starting school. Legislation confirms that children do not have to start primary one until the August after their fifth birthday.

This is available to children who will turn five years old between 17 August 2022 and 28 February 2023

From August 2021 we will be piloting the phased implementation of legislation that will come into force in 2023, where we guarantee a funded place for children born between 18 August 2017 and 28 February 2018, where their parents want to defer the child's entry to primary one.