Do I have to provide a birth certificate for my child to be able to start school?

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Thora, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    Just curious really. I don't remember having to produce a birth certificate for my oldest to start school 4 years ago but I am being nagged to bring my 4 year olds one into school.

    Can they actually refuse him a school place in September if I don't show it?
  2. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    It's all coming on top now?

    Give the child back to it's real parents and you can still might get away with it
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  3. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    It's too late for that now :eek:
  4. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    They think you're trying to palm off a two year old for free childcare!
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  5. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Is it not to do with the school proving the numbers and age of children attending so they can get proper funding? I definitely had to bring a birth certificate for all of mine but maybe it's different in Scotland.
  6. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Immigration enforcement.
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  7. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    Depends on the school/local authority, we don't have to for no 2.
  8. treefrog

    treefrog Tauiwi

    Standard practice over here, schools use the info to help get funding for ESOL support.
  9. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    It’s to do with immigration I think. They tried it at my sons primary when they were in about year 5. ‘Everyone’ was asked, but it wasn’t actually everyone’s they were interested in. A group of parents got together and most people refused the request. My kids went to school in an area with a lot of kids of different nationalities, do yours?
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  10. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I think it may be this and iirc there's been a lot of resistance.
  11. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

  12. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

  13. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

  14. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    I did for J and that was about 15 years ago. I think it was more about her age than her nationality, plus that I was her parent.

    Did anyone register their kids at a school without any proof of who they and their kids were? I'd find that a bit weird, TBH. Otherwise a separated parent without custody could take the kid away and register the kid at a school.
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  15. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Yeah, no one asked to see either of my kids' birth certificates.
  16. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    Ours neither.
  17. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    I don't think you have to have custody to register your child with a school, just parental responsibility.

    When I moved Theo from one school to another (as we moved house) I applied online and I don't remember having to prove who either of us were. I might have forgotten though.
  18. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Yeah, there might be some online process that means the birth cert is isn't usually necessary. (I don't remember either).

    But I don't think it's excessively onerous to ask for a birth cert upon registration. As long as they give you some time to get one if you've lost it.

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