I keep hearing conflicting things and I know it differs from what I am used to in America where they start Kindergarten at 5 (even 4 in some states).
Our niece is 5 mos older and was born in July and DS was born the 19th Dec 2009...so will he be in the same year group as his cousin? I've heard/read that he will start the following term from his birthday, which would mean in the January...or would he have to wait until the following Autumn term?
As far as I'm aware (and I'm new to this so someone correct me if I'm wrong!) but your child can start nursery the term after they turn 3 (the government provides 15 hours a week free nursery time for 35 weeks of the year *i think*)
They will start school the September after they turn 4. I hope that's right!!
If so my little button who was born end of August will only just have turned 4 when he starts He'll be so little!
Wow that is very early for school! I had no idea they started at 4! Here you have to be 5 by Sept 1 so if you turned 5 on Aug 31 you would start school that Sept. but if your bday was in Sept then you would be 6 when you started school. Megan's bday is in Dec & she wouldnt start til she was 5 1/2.
They can start pre-school from around 2yrs 6 months to 2yrs 9 months depending on the nursery but you will have to pay. The free entitlement starts the TERM AFTER THE 3rd BIRTHDAY. For example, Hannah is 3 in October this year so her free entitlement will begin in Jan 2012.
They start school the September after their 4th Birthday. So Hannah is 4 in October 2012 and will start school in September 2013.
Hope this helps.
Edited to add, if they are one of the younger ones (only just turned 4) when they start school then they will probably only do half days for a month or so, you will need to check the policy of the school. My Nephews birthday was on 27th August so he was the youngest in his year, and only did half days for the first term.
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