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Registration for early learning and childcare

Registration Week for Session 2017-2018 takes place from 20th – 24th February 2017.

When your child should start attending an early years centre, how and when to register for a place.

What your child is entitled to and how to apply for an early learning and childcare place

Early Years

South Ayrshire Council is committed to the provision of high quality early learning and childcare. Free early learning and childcare places are available for all 3 and 4 year olds living in South Ayrshire.

What is my child entitled to?

All children are eligible for a free part-time early learning and childcare place (5 sessions) as follows:

Pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 1 March 2013 and 28 February 2014. He/she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from school term commencement date in August.
Ante pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 1 March 2014 and 17 August 2014. He/she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from school term commencement date in August.
Ante pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 18 August 2014 and 28 February 2015. He / she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from the beginning of the week after their 3rd birthday.

There are no catchment areas for early years centres which means you can apply to the early years centre of your choice. All places are allocated in line with our admissions policy.

How and when do I apply for an early learning and childcare place?

Registration takes place at early years centres and partnership centres from 20th – 24th February 2017. A copy of the child's birth certificate and proof of address is required on the day of registration.

Download the

What if I need childcare in addition to pre-school education

The Childcare and Recreation Information Service (CARIS) provides free information on local childcare provision.

Additional Charges

Additional sessions of early learning and childcare can be purchased for children aged 2-3 years and 3-5 years, where space allows, over and above any funded entitlement.

Information on additional charges can be found at purchase of additional sessions.

Download the additional sessions information and application form.

Many of our partner providers offer wrap-around / extra hours and charge parents directly for this. Contact individual partnership centres for details of the costs.

Can I get help with childcare costs?

Assistance towards the costs of childcare may be available through the Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

Early Years Team

Email:

Tel: 01292 612602

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