Early learning and childcare for children aged two

South Ayrshire is committed to providing a high quality early learning and childcare experience 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.

How and when do I apply for a funded early learning and childcare place for an eligible 2 year old?

Applications can be made for eligible 2 year olds to start in an early learning and childcare placement from term after their second birthday.

If your child’s birthday is between Then your child can start
1 March – 31 August August following their birthday
1 September – 31 December January following their birthday
1 January – last day of February March/April following their birthday

More information can be found in the Early Learning and Childcare Guide – Eligible 2 year old placements

Every effort will be made to provide access to childcare within each local area, however, it may not always be possible.

Transport will not be provided for children accessing early learning and childcare places.

If your child is already 2 and you meet the eligibility criteria please apply using the link below.

Note- this link is not for applications for paid 2 year old places.

Apply for 2 year old early years placement

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