Parents of eligible children invited to enrol for 2018-19 nursery session

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Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Parents and carers of children due to start early learning and childcare (nursery) from August 2018 to register their child for a place during enrolment week.

This will take place between 5-16 March for the 2018-19 session. An additional week has been added to take account of the bad weather conditions.

600 hours of funded early learning and childcare per child

The Scottish Government currently provides all three and four year olds with 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare. The hours are provided in a range of settings:

  • primary schools
  • playgroups
  • private nurseries
  • some childminders.

Parents with children born between 1 March 2014 and 29 February 2016 should visit the setting of their choice during enrolment week and register for a place.

Get your application pack

Application packs will be available during enrolment week 5-16 March:

  • from participating schools and providers
  • online from our website.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of address will need to be provided with the application form.

Find out more at a drop-in session

The following drop in sessions are also being held during enrolment week:

  • Monday 5 March – Berwickshire High School, Duns; 2-7pm - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
    (covering Berwickshire High and Eyemouth High catchment areas)
  • Tuesday 6 March – Abbotsford Room, Transport Interchange, Galashiels; 2-7pm - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
    (covering Earlston High and Galashiels High catchment areas)
  • Wednesday 7 March - Room 305, Tower Mill, Hawick; 2-7pm
    (covering Selkirk High and Hawick High catchment areas)
  • Thursday 8 March, Kelso High School; 2-7pm
    (covering Kelso High and Jedburgh High catchment areas)
  • Monday 12 March – Peebles High, 2-7pm
    (covering Peebles High catchment area)

Staff from the early years team will be on hand to provide more information and answer any questions parents and carers may have.

Efforts are being made to reschedule the Duns and Galashiels events which had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This is a very important milestone in a child’s life and we would ask all parents and carers of eligible children to register with their preferred setting during enrolment week and make sure that their child has a place for this year’s session.

“There are a number of benefits to taking up these funded places as the hours help to give children a significant start to their education by encouraging them to learn through play with other children, develop their language and social skills and prepare for school.

“They also give parents time to help them get back to work, study or training and have more flexibility to organise their family life.”

Provision to be extended to 1140 hours by August 2020

From August 2020 some school catchment areas will be offering increased hours from the current 600 to 1140 hours. A report to our Executive on 21 November explained that this will be phased in across the Borders over the next two years using a four phase approach. 

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“The availability of these additional hours will provide parents with greater choice in terms of the time their child can attend and benefit from early learning and childcare. We are making good progress with our plans to deliver these to parents in the Eyemouth, Burnfoot, Coldstream, Greenlaw, Langlee, Kirkhope and Philiphaugh localities and once our funding allocation from the Scottish Government is confirmed, will then be able to look more closely at how best to make the hours available to parents in other communities.

“We know parents are keen to hear when they will be able to access the extra hours and we will let them know as soon as we can. In the meantime, if they are looking for more information, I would encourage them to come along to one of our drop-in sessions if they can, or make contact with our Early Years team.”

More information

To find out more, visit the information pages on our website