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Have your say - proposals for primary 1 new starts in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council is asking people what they think of proposals to change how new primary 1 pupils initially attend their school.

At the moment, they go to school for morning sessions only until the first Monday in September, however parents and carers say that a growing number of children are used to being in nursery part of the day, and for some the full day. 

With this in mind, the Council is proposing that children starting Primary 1 in August 2018 attend school for the full day from the start of the new school term. As this is a change to what's taken place in previous years, the Council wants to know what the public think of the proposal.

To have your say visit and fill in the short survey before 11 May 2018.

Councillor William Grant, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning for South Ayrshire Council said: "We realise this could be a significant change for children, parents and carers so we are looking for views before making a decision." 

Under the new proposals, if parents / carers consider their child is not yet ready for a full day, they will have the option to remove their child at lunch time for the first 10 school days and this would not be seen as unauthorised absence.

If the proposals go ahead, Primary 1 pupils would start on Monday 20 August. This is the same date that all other pupils return to school.

You can find out more about play and learning activities for primary 1 pupils and ask any questions during the Primary 1 induction visits in the summer term. 

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