what age do children start school in uk

what age do children start school in uk

Contact the local council or school to ask for your child to start later. They’ll decide if your child should start in reception year or year 1, based on what’s in the best interests of your child.
For example, if your child reaches compulsory school age on 31 March, they must start full-time education at the beginning of the next term (summer term that year).

  • children who will turn 5 between 1st January and 31st March are of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term after 1st April
  • children who will turn 5 between 1st April and 31st August are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st September
  • children who will turn 5 between 1st September and 31st December are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st January.

However, many children receive education from the age of 3 or 4 by attending a nursery group, playgroup or the nursery or reception class of a Primary School. It will be the choice of your parents whether you go to school before the age of 5.

Hi everyone, I’m currently living in Holland but wanting to return to England for when my daughter is due to start school. She will turn 4yrs old Nov 2015. Will I miss the intake that yr and have to wait a whole year before she can start full time? Totally clueless, I’m afraid, so if anyone can clarify that’d be a huge help!
I’m getting conflicting info from people back in UK. Does it depend on the area? I will be moving to the North Tyneside area but can’t be more specific at present.

References:

http://lawstuff.org.uk/education/when-do-i-have-to-go-to-school/
http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/preschool/2191968-At-what-age-do-kids-start-full-time-school-in-England
http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/international/uk/the-uk-school-system

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