Deferred entry to primary school

Most parents choose to send their child to school as soon as they are eligible.

However, if your child's 5th birthday is between:

  • the start of the school session in August
  • and the end of the following February,

you may apply to defer their start at school until the following August. Use the forms below.

If your child's 5th birthday is:

  • in January or February, you are guaranteed a funded early learning and childcare place until August. This will be in either a Midlothian Council or a Funded Provider setting.
  • between the start of the school session in August and the end of December, you are not automatically entitled to a funded early learning and childcare place. See section 3 of the guidance document (PDF).

To find out more about the deferral process, read the guidance for deferred entry to primary school (PDF).

Apply for a deferred place