Starting school earlier?
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Hi, my DD2 was born on 3rd of September 2011, so she missed admission cut off date for 2015/2016 by three days. Is it possible she will start reception class in 2015 or do I have to wait to 2016. My DD1 was born on 26/12/2005 and she started school in September 2009, so she wasn't 4 years old yet. Now I tried to apply online for a school place, but been told she is to young. Is there any way around, like talk to school/council or what else can I do?
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Your DD2 should start school September 2016, as that will be the September following her 4th birthday.
In many places your DD1 would have started full time school in Sept 2010 which would have also been the September following her 4th birthday. I am aware that there's some areas of Wales where they do go full time the September following their 3rd birthday, though it is still classed as nursery and not reception. If you don't live in an area that offers this, I am unsure why your eldest would have gone to f-time school aged 3.
Some schools have a January intakes but DD's didn't (October birthday) so she's just gone. She was 6 weeks off her 4th birthday.
It's usually nursery from the term/September after their 4th birthday and reception from the term following their 5th birthday.
On the plus side, the eldest in the year do seem at a considerable advantage for the first few years.
Mine started full time the September after their third birthdays (April and December). Nursery class attached to their primary school. I disagree that it was too early . I guess it might be for some and not for others.
Reception class starts the September after they're four, and year 1 starts the September after they're five so legally a child could skip nursery and reception and start school in year 1 (and yes I know they don't legally have to go to school at all!).
Yes it looks like we made it to the end
They all went to grammar school, all went to university, all got firsts, two have post grad qualifications, just wanted to add that in case anyone thought they would lose out by being at home longer. In the end they all did well but the younger two had more of a childhood and lots of fun with mum.
In N.Ireland, summer babies start school at age 5, the rest at age 4. My August-born daughter was very much ready for school when she started at age 5, and has never had any trouble with the workload. My end-of March born DS is one of the youngest in his class and it broke my heart to peel him off my legs sending him to school, I don't think he was ready. He has accepted it, but I think the learning curve is huge for his age - they don't do any learn-by-playing, like they did in nursery.
Anyway, to get back to the OP's actual question, it might be possible to get a place if the school is not over-subscribed. Children who legally are supposed to start school will always get preference though. If you think she is ready for school and would actually benefit from it a year early (although many studies show that children who start later, around age 7 even, tend to do better in the long term), you could try to prove that to the council.
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