FOI Request - Additional Year of Funded Childcare

Request 101002177539

I would like to request the following information:

Whether your local authority automatically grants an additional year of funded childcare to children whose parents have used their legal right to defer their child’s entry into school by a year.

I would request the information include:

1.       Whether your local authority (yes/no) automatically grants an additional year of funded childcare to children who have been deferred entry to Primary 1 by a year due to their 5th birthday falling between mid-August and December.
2.       [If the answer to point 1 is “yes”, please ignore this point and move to point 3]. Whether 90% or more of requests for an additional year of funded childcare in the instance described in point 1 were granted by your local authority (yes/no) in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
3.       Whether parents are made aware of whether an extra year of funded childcare is available to them if they defer their child’s entry into primary school for a year, and what form this takes.
4.       Whether parents are made aware of their legal right to defer their child’s entry into Primary 1 if their 5th birthday falls between mid-August and December, regardless of the funded childcare situation, and what form this takes.

Response 07-06-2019

1. Yes

3. Yes, through discussions with the nursery and school. There is also information on our website.

4. Yes, through discussions with the nursery and school. There is also information on our website, see link above.

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