Starting School

Beginning Primary 1

One of the first educational transitions a child experiences is the move from an early learning and childcare setting to Primary one.  This transition can be an exciting time for children, but some parents may have questions about whether they should consider delaying their child’s entry to Primary one.  The year in which the child starts Primary one depends on when they turn 5.  Aberdeenshire Council’s guidance around eligibility for requesting delayed entry can be found here:  Apply for primary one – Aberdeenshire Council.

As part of our research role, Educational Psychologists completed a literature review of the available published research in the area of delayed entry to Primary school.  These findings are presented here alongside some key things parents may wish to consider when thinking about delaying entry to Primary one.  It is important that this document is read alongside Aberdeenshire Council guidance referenced above.

To read the parental guide to delayed school entry click here.

To read the literature review on school entry click here.



A positive start

For some children and young people they may be facing a key transition. We have created “Top Tips” guides for parents and carers.

View Preparing for Transition (nursery to primary) here. 


For further advice and support for parents/carers please see the BBC guides and  Education Scotland links below:

View Starting Primary School here

For more information on supporting transitions please click here.



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