When will my child start school?
Schools offer places to all children from the Autumn term after their fourth birthday. Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 will usually start school in September 2014.
Children are entitled to 38 weeks of school in their first (reception) year. Most children will start school full-time from the second week of term, week beginning 08 September 2014. Parents can request that their child's admission is deferred until later in the school year (usually at the start of a school term and before the end of the academic year) but not beyond compulsory school age, at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
Children with birthdays between:
1 September and 31 December 2009 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 December 2014, at the start of the Spring term;
1 January and 31 March 2010 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 March 2015, at the start of the Summer term;
1 April and 31 August 2010 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 August 2015, at the start of the new school year.
Parents of children with birthdays between 1 April and 31 August 2010 (inclusive), whose child has not started in a Year R class during the 2014-15 school year, may wish to request admission to Year R in September 2015 rather than admission to Year 1. In these circumstances, all relevant factors will be considered in assessing the request; parents would be expected to state clearly why they felt admission to Year R was in their child's best interest. It is recommended that parents considering such a request contact the local authority to ensure that an informed decision is made.
Please note that attendance at an early years setting, nursery school or unit cannot be taken into account when considering admission to an infant or primary school.
Entitlement to a free pre-school place in September 2014
Under its early years education scheme, Hampshire County Council will fund 570 free hours in a pre-school setting for your child's eligible year; for more details www.hants.gov.uk/eye.
There are restrictions; you cannot access a free pre-school place if your child attends, or is due to attend another County nursery school, mainstream or special school (including nursery or special unit) in the same term.
Please note that if you wish to defer entry to school your current free pre-school setting may or may not be able to continue to offer your child a place: you must discuss your request with them.
Children born from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011 start school in September 2015.
Children born from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012 start school in September 2016.