Reception Year

The Facts

Here at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten, we care passionately about promoting choices for families about their children’s education. This begins with enabling parents to understand the facts about their children starting mainstream school.

Key Facts: Your child's rights

  • Your child is entitled to a full-time place in school in the September following their fourth birthday
  • However, your child is not required to enter into education until the prescribed day after they turn five (being 31 December, 31 March or 31 August). This is known as Compulsory School Age (CSA)

This means children are able to stay in our Kindergarten programme up until the term after they turn 5 years old. Therfore, we welcome applications from any child whose needs can be met by the Kindergarten and our staff.

Summer Born Children

As part of our commitment to promoting choices for families about their children’s education, Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten can provide support to parents of summer born children. At NOK we increasingly see summer born children start reception at compulsory school age (age 5). The law is supportive and an increasing number of parents are pursuing this route, for varied reasons.

If you are undecided about whether starting mainstream education at 4 or 5 years old is in your child’s best interests, staff at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten will be happy to talk through any relevant options you might have. We also have detailed information on the process of mainstream school applications for summer born children. Contact us for more information.


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