Early Learning and Childcare

Apply for a funded ELC place

3 and 4 year old and deferred entry

Session 2024/25 enrolment week - 20-24 November

Enrolment for three and four year olds and deferred entry for session 2024-25 will take place during enrolment week from 20-24 November 2023.

This will be for all children currently accessing an early learning or childcare funded placement (including eligible 2 year olds) and children who will have their third birthday between 1 March 2024 and 28th February 2025.

Information on eligible 2 year old enrolment can be found here.

How to apply for a nursery place 

Parents and carers need to be registered for a MyScotBorders account to apply for a place.

Before parents or carers apply they should make contact with the setting they would like their child to attend, to make sure space is available. 

Parents and carers will need the following documnets to hand when making the application:

  • an electronic copy (or photo) of your child’s birth certificate
  • an electronic 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 which will be available from 20th November. 

Prior to completing the form please ensure you have spoken with the ELC of your choice 

ELC Application Form 


Early years team

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 01835 824000

Fax: 01835 825091