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Early learning and childcare (ELC) for some eligible 2 year olds and, 3 and 4 year olds

  • Where a child’s birthday falls on or between 1 March – 31 August they will become eligible for funding from August (autumn term) occurring in that year
  • Where a child’s birthday falls on or between 1 September – 31 December they will become eligible for funding from January (spring term) following their birthday
  • Where a child’s birthday falls on or between 1 January – last day February they will become eligible for funding from April (summer term) following their birthday

Enrolment week

Enrolment week for children due to start ELC3 or ELC4 from August 2019 will take place between 14-18 January 2019.

Parents of children born between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2017 can collect an application form from a participating ELC3/4 setting from 14 January 2019. 

Find your nearest ELC provider

Applying for an ELC place

2 year old’s

Two year old's may be eligible for a funded place if parents meet the eligibility criteria. Once a child becomes entitled to early learning and childcare, they will remain eligible even if their parent becomes employed, or their situation with a parent or carers changes.

We have a rolling program for enrolling two year old’s and application packs are available from the settings

Once your child turns two you should apply for an ELC3/4 place during enrolment week. There are no catchment areas for nurseries so you should apply early to get the nursery of your choice.

To apply for your child's early learning and childcare (ELC2) place

  • Complete one ELC2 application per child. Download an application or request a copy from your chosen setting
  • Return the completed application form to your chosen setting by the end of enrolment week (although applications will be accepted after this date)
  • Parents must also take along the child's birth certificate and a proof of address (Council Tax bill, child benefit letter, bank statement, utility bill or a driving licence) when they return the application form

3 and 4 year olds

Children born between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2017 will be eligible for up to 600 hours of free Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) from August 2018.

Download an application or request a copy from your chosen setting.

This is when you should apply for your child's ELC place for the following session. Full details will be available for all parents in time for the next year's enrolment. Enrolment week will be advertised in the local press, on our website and through our social media channels.

To apply for your child's Early Learning and Childcare (ELC3 / ELC4) place

  • Complete one ELC application per child. These will be available at your chosen setting
  • Return the completed application form to your chosen setting by the end of enrolment week (although applications will be accepted after this date)
  • Parents must also take along the child's birth certificate and a proof of address (Council Tax bill, child benefit letter, bank statement, utility bill or a driving licence) when they return the application form

Deferred entry to primary 1

1 September and 31 December birthdays 

  • The allocation of an additional funded early learning and childcare places for children born between September and December is at our discretion.

January or February birthdays

  • Children born in January or February are entitled to another year of Early Learning and Childcare, should their parents wish it.

Should you wish to defer your child’s entry to P1 please discuss this with the Headteacher or setting manager.

Early Learning and Childcare application pack