Registration for early learning and childcare

Registration week for session 2019/20 has now passed. Please contact the Early Years Team if you have further enquiries edservicesELC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

When your child should start attending an early years centre, how and when to register for a place.

What your child is entitled to and how to apply for an early learning and childcare place

Early Years

South Ayrshire Council is committed to the provision of high quality early learning and childcare. Free early learning and childcare places are available for all 3 and 4 year olds living in South Ayrshire.

Some of our centres will be able to offer a more flexible arrangement to suit the needs of parents and families. Some centres will be offering 1140 hrs of funded early learning and childcare, a year earlier than the national roll out in August 2020. In those pilot Early Years Centres offering extended hours, where there are more applications than places available admission criteria will apply. - view priorities for 600 hrs, view priorities for 1140 hrs. Please see application form which is available to view. Please complete at your first choice early years centre.

What is my child entitled to?

All children are eligible for a free part-time early learning and childcare place (5 sessions) as follows:

Pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016. He/she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from school term commencement date in August.
Ante pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 1 March 2016 and 18 August 2016. He/she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from school term commencement date in August.
Ante pre-school children will be eligible if their date of birth is on or between 19 August 2016 and 28 February 2017. He / she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from the beginning of the week after their 3rd birthday.

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 2019/20 has now passed.

Download the

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 Charges

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

Early Years Team

Email:

Tel: 01292 612281