Summer born children – starting school

If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August they're classed as a summer born child.

Applying for a Reception place

Children usually start Reception class in the September after their 4th birthday.

However, if your child is “summer born” (their date of birth is between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014), you might feel they're not ready to start school.

If your child is summer born, you can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2018, after their 4th birthday.


Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2019, after your child’s 5th birthday. Discuss this decision with your child’s current nursery or early years provider.

If you delayed applying for Reception...

If your summer born child was born between 1 April 2013 and 31 August 2013, you can apply for a place to start in September 2018.

Applications won't be accepted from families who have accepted places to start in Reception in the 2017-18 academic year.


We have agreed that all community and voluntary controlled schools will accept “late” applications for summer born children.

However, some schools and academies are responsible for their own school admissions so this decision is theirs to make. A list of the schools you would need to contact to see if they'll accept an application for your summer born child will be available here on 6 November 2017.

Staying at nursery another year

If your summer born child is in nursery and you want to keep the place another year rather than moving onto a Reception class, you must let your nursery know before the end of spring term. That's before the Easter break.

If you don't let the nursery know, they may offer the place to another child.

Free early education

You can get 15 hours free early education for 38 weeks a year from when your child is 3 up until the compulsory school age of 5.

If you decide to delay your child starting school, they will still get these hours until the age of 5.