school age range
Your child must start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday – whichever comes first. If your child’s fifth birthday is on one of those dates then they reach compulsory school age on that date.
For example, if your child reaches compulsory school age on 31 March, they must start full-time education at the beginning of the next term (summer term that year).
- Caters for children under the age of 15 years enrolled in a school providing primary or post primary education.
- Provides a range of activities that are developmental, educational and recreational in manner, which take place outside of school hours, the primary purpose of which is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.
- The basis for access to which is made publicly known to the parents and guardians of the children.
A ‘school age service’ means any early years’ service, play group, day nursery, crèche, day-care or other similar service which ;
You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2021 if they are:
Enrolments are now open. Contact your local public school to apply to enrol. Please return your application to your local school by Friday 24 July 2020.