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Purchase of additional sessions

South Ayrshire Council are committed to providing high quality early learning and childcare experiences for all our children, where they gain vital language and learning skills and improve their social development in a high quality early learning and childcare setting.

To support children and families in South Ayrshire, where places are available in our Local Authority Early Years Centres, parents/carers can purchase early learning and childcare sessions in addition to the 600 hours entitlement.

If your child is aged 3-5 and is currently accessing early learning and childcare an application can be made to purchase additional hours at the centre your child currently attends.

If your child is aged 2-3 and is currently accessing early learning and childcare an application can be made to purchase additional hours at the centre your child currently attends.

If your child is aged 2-3 and is not currently accessing early learning and childcare you can make application to any early learning and childcare centre with provision for 2-3 year olds.

You can also apply for sessions during school holidays at those centres open full year. Currently: Space Place Early Years Centre, Prestwick (2-5 years); Cherry Tree Early Years Centre, Ayr (2-3 years).

Charges

Children aged 2-3 years Children aged 3-5 years
Half day £12.00 £10.50
Full day £24.00 £21.00

A discount of 20% will be applied to the second and any subsequent children.
If the centre operates full days children will be able to stay over the lunch time period. Packed lunch should be provided.

Free meals are available for eligible children. Download applications for free meals.

In centres that operate morning or afternoon sessions only there will be no provision over lunch time. Parents/carers will be required to make alternative arrangements to collect children between sessions.

Applications can be submitted for the whole year if required. Applications must be made 2 weeks prior to the start of a block. Parents/carers are required to make payment for each block by the date shown in the table.

Block Week Payment to be made by
1 31/10/16 - 11/11/16 26/10/16
2 14/11/16 - 9/12/16 09/11/16
3 12/12/16 - 06/01/17 07/12/16
4 09/01/17 - 03/02/17 04/01/17
5 06/02/17 - 03/03/17 01/02/17
6 06/03/17 - 31/03/17 01/03/17
7 17/04/17 - 28/04/17 12/04/17
8 01/05/17 - 26/05/17 26/04/17
9 29/05/17 - 23/06/17 24/05/17
School holidays Holiday blocks Payment to be made by
Easter (2 weeks) 1 - 03/04/17 - 13/04/17 29/03/17
Summer 2 - 29/06/17 - 28/07/17 21/06/17
3 - 31/07/17 26/07/17

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, however, completion of an the application form does not guarantee additional hours. Additional hours will be allocated only where spaces are available.

Payment

Payment must be made in full and in advance. Failure to do so will result in access to additional hours being withdrawn.

Payments can be made online using the Capita secure site.

Payments can be made by cash, debit or credit card at South Ayrshire Council customer service centres.

By Phone (during office hours)
Payment by debit or credit card can be made by calling South Ayrshire Council on 0300 123 0900 select option 2 ‘For all other enquiries’ then select option 2 for an Advisor.

Payment by credit card will incur a 2% surcharge. Childcare vouchers may be accepted.

Application form

Download the application form.

Completion of the application form does not guarantee additional hours.

Once completed this form should be returned to:
Email: edservicesELC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Or post to:
South Ayrshire Council
Children and Young People’s Services
County Buildings
Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1DR

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