Deferral of Pre-School or Primary school places
Parents or guardians of some children can now choose to defer school places by one year.
Deferral for September 2022
This means that children born between 1 April and 1 July (including both dates), or any premature child who was born before 1 April but was due to be born on or after 1 April, are eligible to defer pre-school or primary school this year if they choose.
Parents or guardians who have applied for a funded pre-school education or year one primary school place for their child will receive a communication about this change.
If you wish to continue with your application for pre-school or primary school in September 2022, you do not have to do anything and your child’s application will continue as normal. It is anticipated that the majority of parents of eligible children will not choose deferral for their child.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter providing detailed information about the options of deferral, its consequences and how to apply.
Deferral of a pre-school place
If you have made a pre-school application for your child this year, you will be contacted about deferral. If you do wish your child to defer pre-school, you will be asked to complete a form to withdraw your child from the pre-school admissions process. Your child will not be offered a place for September 2022 as part of that process.
Children deferring pre-school can reapply in January 2023 for a funded pre-school place in September 2023. Parents will receive a communication providing detailed information about the options of deferral, what this means and how to apply.
Deferral of a primary school place
If you have made a primary school application for your child this year, you will be contacted about deferraI.
If you do wish your child to defer primary school, you will be asked to complete a form to withdraw your child from the primary school admissions process. Your child will not be offered a place for September 2022 as part of that process. These children will be able to apply for a funded pre-school place for September 2022, but there is no guarantee that they will receive one.
For further information on deferring a pre-school or primary school place, email SchoolStartingAge@education-ni.gov.uk.