Hawick parents are being invited to register their children to start school, early learning and childcare.
Enrolment week gets under way next Monday, and mums and dads of any child born between March 2010 and February 2011 should visit their local catchment school and enrol for primary one.
Parents with children born between March 1, 2011, and February 28, 2013, should visit the early learning and childcare setting of their choice and enrol for both three and four year old early learning and childcare.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison, the council’s executive member for education, explained: “When you visit your catchment school or early learning and childcare setting to register your child, the head teacher or the manager, if it’s a private or voluntary group, will ask you to show a copy of your child’s birth certificate and provide proof of residence in the area. You will then receive details on start dates, uniform requirements and a copy of the handbook.
“The visits are also a great opportunity for parents to see their local early years facility, meet staff and ask any questions they may have.”
Children do not need to begin attendance at school until the August after their fifth birthday. Parents or carers can opt to defer entry to school where the child’s fifth birthday falls between September 1, 2015, and February 28, 2016.
Applications for deferred entry should be made with enrolment form.
Parents intending to make a placement request for their child at a primary school other than their local catchment school should still visit their local school during enrolment. This will ensure a place is reserved at the local catchment school in the event that the placement request is unsuccessful. Parents intending to make a placement request must also visit the head teacher of their preferred school by January 9, 2015.
Information about enrolment, placement requests and deferred entry is available at any of Hawick’s primary schools and all early learning and childcare settings. It is also available from www.scotborders.gov.uk