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Patricia Anderson 
If calling please ask for:
Kenny McKaig 01382 434577
Dear Sir/Madam
Freedom of Information Request Reference No. 20200302001   
I refer to your request of 02/03/2020
The answers to your questions are as follows:  
Correspondence with ADES & SIMD Query
I would be grateful if you could supply me with copies of all information you hold regarding engagement 
with ADES on the subject of the school starting age or deferral to starting school since July 2018. This 
should include, but not be limited to, advice and reports from ADES; agendas, minutes and papers of any 
meetings at which either or both of these issues were discussed; emails or other correspondence between the 
local authority and ADES.
Secondly, please can you advise if and how the council uses SIMD data in making discretionary deferral 
funding decisions.
Email received:
In principle, ADES would support children to have additional learning in a nursery setting when they 
require more time to develop their early cognitive skills.  This would ensure that they have the best start 
possible when moving to a school setting.  However, Curriculum for Excellence spans 3-18 and schools are 
able to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of almost all children regardless of their age.  The deferral 
decision, particularly for children born between August to December must be based on the assessed needs of 
the individual child and not solely on the date of their birthday.
Local authorities are working exceptionally hard to deliver on the government's policy of providing 1140 
hours of early learning and childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds as well as entitled 2 year olds by August 
2020/  ADES would recommend that local authorities are able to focus on the delivery of this ambitions 
policy and that time is take to more fully assess the implications of a change to deferral policy and practice.  
Costs of the implementation on accommodation and staffing for a change in a policy would need to be 
considered due to the current planning for the expansion being based on projected birth rates.  We would 
also want to be confident that more vulnerable families were not displaced by this change to policy should 
there be enough capacity or staffing for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.

We do not use SIMD data in making discretionary deferral funding decisions
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Yours faithfully
Kenneth McKaig
Legal Manager