Register for Early Learning and Childcare
Applications for early years places from August 2022 cannot be accepted at this time. We are currently working on early years registration for next year and once details have been finalised this will be communicated via our website and social media channels. If you require any further information or guidance please contact us at edservicesELC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
When will my child be eligible to start early learning and childcare?
4 Year Olds
If your child's date of birth is on or between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018
They will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from August 2021
3 Year Olds
If your child's date of birth is on or between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019
They will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place as set out as follows:
1 March 2018 - 31 August 2018
1 September 2018 - 28 February 2019
The first Monday after their 3rd birthday (unless a public holiday or in-service day)
To complete the application you may be asked for the following:
- A scan or photo of:
- Your child's birth certificate
- Proof of residence (current council tax notice or recent utility bill)
A separate application is required per child.
For those unable to complete the Early Learning and Childcare registration form online please contact your preferred Early Years Centre who will assist you with the registration process.
Applications for children who reside out with South Ayrshire Council
Children who live out with the boundary of South Ayrshire Council can make an application to a South Ayrshire Council Early Years Centre or Funded Provider.
What if I need childcare in addition to pre-school education
The Scottish Families Information Service provides free information on local childcare provision.
We are currently taking a cautious approach to the sale of any additional hours/sessions as part of our mitigation to manage the impact Covid-19 in our Early Years Centres. We will continue to review applications submitted.
Additional sessions/hours of early learning and childcare can be purchased for children aged 3-5 years and for children aged 2-3 years (South Ayrshire residents only), where space and staffing allows.
Information on how to apply and current can be found at Purchase of additional early learning and childcare.
Many of our Funded Providers offer wrap-around / extra hours and charge parents directly for this. Contact the individual funded provider directly for details of the costs.
Can I get help with childcare costs?
Assistance towards the costs of childcare may be available through Tax Free Childcare
If you're in receipt of certain benefits and tax credits you may be eligible for a Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment. To apply call 0800 182 2222 or visit mygov.scot/early-learning-payment.