Early Learning and Childcare

Apply for a three or four year old ELC place

Enroling your child for August 2022

Enrolment for three and four year olds for session 2022-23 is open now. This will be for children who have their third birthday on or after 1 March 2022 and for children who will turn four years of age during session 2022-23.

Eligible two year old enrolment will follow in May or early June 2022, once the Scottish Government have issued details of the eligibility criteria for the period.

Applications can still be made using this form for the current year (2021-22).

Split placements

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

if you are applying for a placing for the current year (2021-22) the policy remains that parents can only split hours between a childminder and another setting. An application for a current split placement can be requested by contacting the Early Years Team.

How to apply for a nursery place 

Parents and carers are required to register for a MyScotBorders acount 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 the child’s birth certificate
  • proof of their 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.