Primary 1 Deferrals

The application process for parents to apply for an additional funded year of ELC – ‘Deferral’, will open on 1st December 2022 and will close on 28th February 2023.

This year we will continue to encourage on-line applications which should be submitted through this online form.

The process for this year:

  • Parents/Carers of Children who are not yet 5 before the start of the school year are able to defer their child’s entry to P1.
  • From August 2023, all families who are eligible to defer will be able to access a further year of funded early learning and childcare (ELC) if they want their child to defer entry to primary school. This will ensure that all children who defer have an equal right to funded ELC if their parent or carer feels it is in their best interests.
  • If you are considering a deferral please arrange to speak to the staff in the nursery for support to come to an informed decision.
  • Deferral application forms are on-line using the link above, a paper copy can be printed and off
  • The application process opens on 1st December 2022 and forms need to be submitted by 28th February 2023. Late applications may not be considered.
  • The only late applications would be from families new to CEC during the period April-August.