Purchase of additional sessions

South Ayrshire Council are committed to providing high quality early learning and childcare experiences 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.

To support children and families in South Ayrshire, where places are available in our Local Authority Early Years Centres, parents/carers can purchase early learning and childcare sessions in addition to the 600 hours entitlement.

For those children aged 2-3 years and 3-5 years currently accessing early learning and childcare an application can be made to purchase additional sessions at the centre your child currently attends. Children aged 2-3 years not currently accessing early learning and childcare can make an application to any centre with provision for 2-3 year olds

School holiday provision is also available to purchase in some centres.

All places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Children aged 2-3 years Children aged 3-5 years
AM or PM session (3 hrs 10 mins) £12.00 £10.50
AM or PM session (4 hrs 30 mins) £17.00 £14.75
Full Day 8.40 - 3.40 £24.00 £21.00
Full Day 8.00 - 5.45 £36.00 £31.50
Full Day 9.00 - 3.00 £22.00
½hr rate £2.00 £1.75
1hr rate £4.00 £3.50
Lunch rate (care provision only) £3.00 £2.60

A discount of 20% will be applied to the second and any subsequent children for additional hours applications made at the same time.

For children aged 3 who have not started their funded sessions charges will be made at the rate for children aged 2-3.

* Please note the rate for lunch does not include provision of food/meal. Parents/carers must provide lunch in the form of a packed lunch or if available a school meal can be purchased for children attending full days or over lunch time.

Free meals are available for eligible children. Download applications for free meals.

Block Weeks covered Payment date
7 03/02/20 – 28/02/20 24/01/20
8 02/03/20 – 27/03/20 21/02/20
9 (Easter Holidays Excluded) 30/03/20 – 01/05/20 20/03/20
10 04/05/20 – 29/05/20 24/04/20
11 01/06/20 – 26/06/20 22/05/20


Payment must be made in full and in advance. Failure to do so will result in access to additional hours being withdrawn.

Payment options:

  • By Phone (during office hours): Payment by debit/credit card can be made by calling South Ayrshire Council on 0300 123 0900
  • In Person: at our Customer Service Centres. Please note: cash and cheques are no longer accepted.