School and nursery registration open

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SENDING the little ones off to school this year? If so, it’s time to start planning that first day, because primary one enrolment opens this week.

Any child due to start in August can be enrolled at the school of their parent’s choice and in their catchment area from January 14-18.

Parents should attend the relevant school between Monday and Friday, 1.30-3.30pm, and bring the necessary paperwork with them.

Documents needed are a signed and witness rental agreement (valid until the end of the year), or a letter from your mortgage provider sent to your postal address, your council tax notification for 2012-13, child’s birth certificate and a bank statement showing child benefit being paid into your account.

Any further questions can be directed to Ann Nairn at East Renfrewshire council’s education service, available on 577 3578.

Meanwhile, parents of children aged three to four are encouraged to enrol them for a free nursery place as soon as possible.

Children at the required age (or who turn three or four between March 1 2013 and February 28 2014) are eligible for free places for five mornings or afternoons per week.

The deadline for registration this year is February 28 – and councillor Paul O’Kane, vice-convener of ERC’s education committee, encourages all parents to sign up.

He said: “The nurseries in East Renfrewshire are amongst some of the best in the country, and all three and four-year-olds are entitled to a place.

“I would recommend that parents who want to send their children to a council-run nursery get their applications in before the deadline”.

Parents can contact the education service on 577 3288 or for more information.

To be considered for funding in a partnership nursery, parents should apply to the facility directly, and no later than August 31.