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Deferred and early school entry

How to defer your child's entry to school or start primary school early.

Deferred entry

  • Children born in January and February have the right to either start primary school in August or defer entry for an additional year. A further year of funded early learning and childcare will be granted on request.
  • Children born between 19th August and December have the right to either start Primary school in August or defer entry for an additional year. A funded early learning and childcare place may be granted at the discretion of South Ayrshire Council, after discussion with parents/carers and professionals as to the best interests and needs of the child.

Updated information and application form for deferred entry to P1 for session 2023/24 will follow shortly.

Early admission

Early Admission Leaflet (PDF) [631KB]

Early admission requests for Primary 1

Please speak with the Head teacher/manager of the nursery your child attends.

Early Years Team

Email: edservicesELC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01292 612162