Parents of eligible children invited to enrol for 2019-20 nursery session

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Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2018

We are inviting parents and carers of children due to start early learning and childcare (nursery) from August 2019 to register their child for a place during enrolment week.

This will take place from 14-18 January for the 2019-20 session.

If your child was born between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2017 you should visit the setting of your choice and register for a place.

Applying for your child’s nursery place

You will be asked to fill in an application form and provide your child's birth certificate and proof of address. As it is not always possible for children to be given the setting of your first choice, you will also be asked to provide an alternative. 

Download an application pack

Funded early learning and childcare spaces

The Scottish Government currently provides all three and four year olds with 600 hours of funded (free) early learning and childcare. These can be accessed in a range of school nurseries and funded partner provider settings including private and voluntary managed nurseries, playgroups and childminders.

The hours are currently in the process of being increased from 600 to 1140, which we taking a phased approach to their introduction. Parents who have children in the following catchment communities will be able to access the full 1140 hours during the 2019/20 session:


  • Ayton
  • Chirnside
  • Coldstream
  • Coldingham
  • Duns
  • Eyemouth
  • Greenlaw
  • Reston


  • Broomlands (Kelso)
  • Edenside (Kelso)
  • Ednam
  • Morebattle
  • Yetholm


  • Earlston
  • Balmoral (Galashiels)
  • Burgh (Galashiels)
  • Glendinning (Galashiels)
  • Langlee (Galashiels)
  • St Margaret’s (Galashiels)
  • St Peter’s (Galashiels)
  • Fountainhall
  • Heriot
  • Kirkhope
  • Lauder
  • Lilliesleaf
  • Newtown St Boswells
  • Philiphaugh (Selkirk)
  • Knowepark (Selkirk)
  • Tweedbank

Teviot and Liddesdale

  • Burnfoot
  • Drumlanrig (Hawick)
  • Stirches (Hawick)
  • Trinity (Hawick)
  • Wilton (Hawick)
  • Newcastleton


  • Broughton
  • Kingsland (Peebles)
  • Newlands
  • Walkerburn

Roll out of additional hours across the Scottish Borders

Plans are underway to make the additional hours available in all settings for the start of the 2020/21 session.

Find out more

If you have any questions or need more information:

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“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 next 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 with time to help them get back to work, study or training and have more flexibility to organise their family life.”