Deferring entry to Primary School

Traditionally in Scotland almost all children start primary school aged between 4 ½ and 5 years old.

Children who have not had their 5th birthday by the time school starts in August, are entitled to another year of funded early learning and childcare. For session 2024/25 this is available to children who turn 5 years of age between 15 August 2024 and 28 February 2025.

This does not mean that all parents with children in this age group will choose to take up this option. 

Apply for an additional year in Early Learning and Childcare

Staff in your Early Learning and Childcare setting will be able to explain the process and will support you to make an informed decision and discuss any concerns.

Once you have discussed this with the head teacher/manager of the Early Learning and Childcare setting(s) your child attends, please complete the application form Nursery Deferral 2024-25

What to do if your child does not go to nursery

Where a child has not attended an Early Learning and Childcare setting, and you are concerned about a child’s readiness for school, please email for advice before Friday 9 February 2024

When you will be notified of the decision

Applications received by Friday 9 February 2024 will receive confirmation of their request to defer by email in March.  Applications submitted after the closing date will not receive confirmation until after the Easter school break.