1. They will have an eye test at school, in reception. I think they used to do it as part of the preschool assessment by the HV but we dont't have them anymore. As I wear glasses I took DD when she was 5 - she was fine. They said to visit every couple of years just to check.
2. Child must start school in the term after they are 5. You normally apply for a place in the year before they would join Reeption. So DD started school Septemeber 2006, and we had to have our application form in for state schools around December 2005.
I only wondered about the eyes because mine are awful, I've worn glasses since I was about eight, and DH wears glasses too. He isn't as bad as me (mine are nearly -4) and he was concerned we should take her early.
Phew, not got to worry too much about school then - two years before I start panicking!! (which suits me as we're planning on moving and not sure where yet)
DS2 had his 2 year check today and asked if I had any concerns about his eyesight. She wanted to know if anybody in the family wore glasses before age 5, so I guess they maybe follow up if there is a history of early eyesight problems?