Early education and childcare for children aged two

South Ayrshire Council is making changes to childcare provision. Changes that will benefit children, parents and carers. Eligible two year olds will receive 600 hours of free early education and childcare.

These changes will help young children gain vital language and learning skills, improve their social development and help them do better at school. And, with more flexibility for mums and dads, it will be good for parents and help them to return to work or look for a new job.

Two year olds will be eligible for the free entitlement starting from the first term after their second birthday (where their second birthday falls on, or after, 1 March 2015).

If they have a parent or carer who receives one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit where household income is £16,105 or less
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit where household income is £6420 or less
  • Universal Credit
  • State Pension Credit
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under V1 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999

In addition, children aged two or over who are (or have been at any point since turning two) looked after by the Local Authority, the subject of a kinship care or guardianship order are also eligible.

Once a child becomes entitled to extra hours, they will still be entitled even if their parent or carer becomes employed or their situation with their parent or carer changes.

Enrolment form

Download the early years enrolment form and post the completed form to:

Pupil Services

Educational Services
South Ayrshire Council
County Buildings
Wellington Square Square

Healthy start

Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18. With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

For more information visit the Healthy Start website