Registration for early learning and childcare
Registration week for session 2020/21 will take place week beginning 24th February 2020. Further details and application form will be available early 2020. Please contact the Early Years Team if you have further enquiries edservicesELC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.
What your child is entitled to and how to apply for an early learning and childcare place
South Ayrshire Council is committed to the provision of high quality early learning and childcare. Free early learning and childcare places are available to all eligible children living in South Ayrshire. We currently provide 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare for all 3 and 4 yr olds and eligible 2 yr olds. As part of the changes being introduced by Scottish Government this will increase to 1140 hrs by August 2020. Some of our centres will be able to offer flexible arrangements to suit the needs of parents and families.
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 2016 and 28 February 2017
They will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from August 2020
3 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 as set out as follows:
|1 March 2017 – 18 August 2017||August 2020|
|19 August – 28 February 2018||The first Monday after their third birthday (unless a public holiday or in-service day)|
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 week for session 2020/21 will take place week beginning 24th February 2020. Further details and application form will be available early 2020.
Applications for children who reside out with South Ayrshire Council
For those children who are in their ante-pre and pre-school year who reside out with the boundary of South Ayrshire applying to a partnership nursery please view the information leaflet.
What if I need childcare in addition to pre-school education
The Scottish Families Information Service provides free information on local childcare provision.
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