Is your child emotionally and socially mature enough to cope with a full-time programme of education?
Children normally start school between the ages of 4 years 6 months and 5 years 6 months. Children whose fifth birthday is between 1st March that year and the last day of February of the following year will automatically be admitted to school. Parents can request that children younger that this be admitted to school. Glasgow City Council will assess each case individually to determine whether or not the education normally provided in the school is suited to the ability and aptitude of the child.
If you are considering requesting Early Entry to School for your child you may find the following information helpful.
As a consequence of early admission to school your child would be younger than the other pupils in the class. This may present difficulties in relation to:
Attending school, places physical demands on children for up to 6 hours each day, including intervals and lunch breaks. If a child is not physically mature enough to deal with the school situation, problems may arise in relation to:
Young children learn informally through play and through other individual, social and family experiences. Pre-school education offers a curriculum suited to the needs of the young learner. Primary school offers a more formal learning situation. Early Entry to School may be detrimental to your child's development in relation to:
Have you considered the long-term application for your child throughout his/her career:
If you wish to make an application for early entry to primary school parent/carer should complete the Early Entry Application Form [645kb] by no later than 28 February and submit to:
40 John Street
Glasgow G1 1JL
Arrangements will be made for you and your child to be interviewed by the Early Entry Assessment Team. You will be advised of the decision by letter in May.