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Did you get funding for your deferred child?

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CushionFiller Wed 05-Oct-16 22:46:56

And most importantly, if your child was a December birthday, how did the council tell you that you either would or would not get funding?

I think I have missed a letter or email somewhere from the council. I just presumed (wrongly it seems) that I would get funding, and I have now realised I'm probably not.

CushionFiller Wed 05-Oct-16 22:48:13

It's Edinburgh btw, just incase that makes a difference?

Groovee Wed 05-Oct-16 22:57:43

They normally tell you by letter. Is it private or a council nursery?

CushionFiller Thu 06-Oct-16 00:25:32


Groovee Thu 06-Oct-16 07:16:01

I'd speak to the nursery as they should be able to help you find out.

I work in council and we normally get told along with the parent.

SauvignonPlonker Thu 06-Oct-16 14:41:12

I deferred my DS, who is now P3, a few years ago, in Edinburgh. Apparently the head of educational psychology does not believe in deferring & there has been a big drive in recent years to send the 'discretionary' deferrals ie Jan/Feb birthdays.

It is very difficult to defer Aug-Dec birthdays & you will have to provide strong evidence. I was able to defer my DS as he was 3 months premature, a bit behind for his age & had a few health issues - all documented from HCP's who supported his case.

So we did get the deferral & funding, despite having been told that the chances of deferral were very small. He was in a school-nursery type setting. His other wee premature friends, who were in private nurseries, were not so well-supported & mostly had to appeal & scrabble evidence together.

What stage in the process are you at? And when is your DC due to start school?

WankersHacksandThieves Thu 06-Oct-16 21:28:16

Surely they cannot insist you send your child to school if they aren't yet 5 and if they didn't get a place until the term after they were 3, you haven't had 2 full years of funded nursery either.

I'd think you have a good case from those facts alone.

Kaffiene Thu 06-Oct-16 21:31:45

P4 Feb DC here. We deferred and got funding. East Lothian though and most defer.

OvO Thu 06-Oct-16 21:45:25

I deferred both my DC (both Nov birthdays) and got funding both times. I was sent a letter telling me. This was Midlothian though. Was very very easy to get the deferral with no real reason needed.

CushionFiller Thu 06-Oct-16 23:24:28

Thanks all. Have spoken to the council and all is now well with the world! I has having a bit of a middle of the night can't sleep panic!

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