Early Learning and Childcare

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Session 2023/24 enrolment week - 21-25 November

Enrolment for three and four year olds and deferred entry for session 2023-24 will take place during enrolment week from 21-25 November 2022.

This will be for children who have their third birthday on or after 1 March 2023 and for children who will turn four years of age during session 2023-24.

Split placements

From August 2022 parents will again be able to split hours with other providers, Covid-19 dependant.

How to apply for a nursery place 

Parents and carers are required to register for a MyScotBorders account and are asked to make contact with their chosen setting to ensure they offer ELC over the number of weeks and times of day you require. This should be done before making an Online application. Other documents you will need at the point of application are: 

  • an electronic copy (or photo) of your child’s birth certificate
  • proof of your address such as a council tax letter or child benefit notice is also 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 select a second choice provider when completing the application form.