Last updated: 31 August 2023

Next review: 31 August 2024

When can my child start school?

Children start school in the September after their fourth birthday.

If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, you can now apply for them to start reception in September 2024.

If you want to apply for primary school places in other year groups, see our in-year admissions page.

If your child has an education, health and care plan (EHCP), the arrangements for your child’s start in reception will be different. The SEND team will contact you directly to explain the process further.