school age uk
Children must stay in full-time education until they reach school leaving age.
Contact the local council or school to ask for your child to start later. They’ll decide if your child should start in reception year or year 1, based on what’s in the best interests of your child.
If you are planning to delay your child’s start date until later in the school year, you must still apply for a place in the relevant admission round.
You can find more information in the primary education in Essex booklet.
Your parents, by law, must make sure that you are in full-time education from the term after your fifth birthday. This is called compulsory school age. From this age, you must either be in school or receive home education.
However, many children receive education from the age of 3 or 4 by attending a nursery group, playgroup or the nursery or reception class of a Primary School. It will be the choice of your parents whether you go to school before the age of 5.