School and nursery enrolment week to take place 18-22 November

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Published: Monday, 04th November 2019

Parents of children due to start school or early learning and childcare from August 2020 should register their child for a place during enrolment week, being held from 18-22 November 2019.

Enrolling for primary school

Parents of any child who is five years of age before the end of February 2021 should complete an application form and arrange to visit their local catchment school during enrolment week and enrol for primary one. Forms are available from 18 November 2019 from:

You will need to take your child’s birth certificate and proof of address along with your application.

Enrolling for early learning and childcare

From August 2020, all three and four year olds in Scotland are entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded ELC each year. These hours are allocated on a pro-rata basis depending on when children start throughout the year. Parents with children born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2018 should visit the early learning and childcare setting of their choice during enrolment week and enrol for both three and four year old early learning and childcare. Application packs will be available during enrolment week from:

You will need to take your child’s birth certificate and proof of address along with your application.

Deferred entry and placement requests

A child whose fifth birthdays falls in January or February 2021 is entitled to a deferred entry place and guaranteed an additional funded year of early learning and childcare should their parents or carers wish them to have this. Parents of a child whose fifth birthday falls between the school commencement date in August 2020 and 31 December 2020 have the legal right to defer their child’s entry to primary school. However, funding for an additional year of early learning and childcare is granted at the discretion of the local authority. Applications for deferred entry should be discussed with the head teacher or early learning and childcare setting manager.

Parents intending to make a placement request for their child at a primary school other than their local catchment school should still enrol at their local school. This will ensure a place is reserved at the local catchment school in the event that the placement request is unsuccessful. Parents intending to make a placement request must also visit the head teacher of their preferred school by 13 January 2020.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This is such an important milestone, both for the child who is either attending nursery or primary school for their first time, and for their families preparing to support them as they make this major step. There is a considerable amount of work done by our nursery and teaching staff to make this the positive experience that it should be and I wish every young pupil and their family well as they approach this transition.

“Making sure they complete an application form and visit their local school or early learning and childcare provider is the first step in this journey, and we would ask them to make sure they do this during enrolment week.”

More information

To find out more about individual procedures for enrolling children, making placement requests and deferred entry: