Additional Year of Early Learning & Childcare

Additional year of ELC August 2020 (Deferral of P1 place):‐

Applications to apply for 'additional year of ELC' are available online.

Children with dates of birth between 01 March 2015 and 17 August 2015 ‐ must start primary school on the 20 August 2020. If you do not complete a primary application form, your child will not be considered for a P1 place.

Children with dates of birth between 18 August 2015 and 31 December 2015 - can apply for an additional year of ELC but do not have an automatic right to a place within a council nursery or for funding to attend a partner provider.  Therefore any application for an additional year of ELC must be considered by the School Placement Panel (SPP) and may be refused.

Children with dates of birth between 01 January 2016 and 29 February 2016 - can apply and have a right to an additional year of ELC. If the application is for the same establishment and session, the placement will be granted. However if a different session or establishment is requested, then this will be considered with all other ELC applications for places in 2020/2021. These children will either be placed as requested or given a place back where the child currently attends. 

Applications are now being accepted for this provision; however you should discuss your child's educational capability with the nursery staff before making your decision on whether to defer P1 entry. You may defer P1 entry to August 2021, but if you do not complete an additional year of ELC form your child will not be considered for a nursery placement for the interim session of 2020/2021. 

The closing date for submission of applications for an additional year of ELC for session 2020/2021 is the 29 February 2020.