Early Learning and Childcare

Apply for a three or four year old ELC place

Enroling your child for August 2021 (session 2021-22)

Children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2019 are eligible to start early learning and childcare (nursery) the term after their third birthday (August, January, April).

Parent and carers need to apply for a place even if your child already attends a nursery. This is because it is not mandatory to send your child to an ELC setting but we need to know if parents are taking up the hours available and where and when the hours are requested.

Enrolment week is held every year to enable us to get as many applications in as possible and help with our planning processes for August. 

Please note applications can still be made but we would encourage you to get this done as soon as possible.

Split Placements

Any parent/carer who wishies to apply to enrol their child for an ELC place in a second setting (split placement), where one of the settings is a Childminder, can request an application form by emailing the Early Years Team [email protected]

How to apply for a nursery place

Due to COVID-19 we have moved to an online application process. This replaces the paper forms which have previously been used and aims to make the process more streamlined and straightforward. 

Parents and carers are required to complete the online form and then make contact with your chosen setting.  An electronic copy (or photo) of the child’s birth certificate and proof of their address such as a council tax letter or child benefit notice will also be required to be uploaded at the time of applying

Where possible all children will be able to access a funded place with their preferred provider, however this cannot be guaranteed. Therefore it is important to complete the second choice provider in the application form.