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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 20 – Named person service in relation to pre-school child

55.Subsections (1) and (2) provide that it is the duty of the health board to make arrangements to provide a named person for each pre-school child in its area and defines “pre-school child” as a child who has not started primary school either because they are not old enough or the education authority has allowed the child to delay starting at primary school.

56.Subsection (3) explains that for the purposes of this section, school age should be taken to be that determined by the relevant education authority by reference to the school commencement dates fixed by it. Attendance at primary school does not include attendance at a nursery class based in a school, and relevant education authority means that of the area where the child lives.

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