PARENTS and carers of children seeking to start primary school in the Lancashire County Council area have been reminded that the closing date for online place applications is Wednesday January 15.

Children can start reception year at primary school from the September after their fourth birthday but don't have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. The reminder applies to families living in Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

A spokeswoman said: "The quickest and easiest way to apply is online, via the county council's website. Last year 95 per cent of parents used this method.

"We are keen to remind parents they need to submit an application form for all children starting school, even if the child already has an older brother or sister at their preferred school.

"Parents seeking places Lancashire schools who live in another local authority area, should apply via the council where they live."