Pre-school education

A good quality pre-school experience builds on the valuable learning that takes place in and around the home, prepares a child to start primary school and develops the learning and other essential skills which they will rely on in later life.

There is clear evidence that high quality pre-school education can make a difference to a young person’s future opportunities.

Services registered in accordance with the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 are inspected by the Care Inspectorate.  Nurseries/centres are also included in a joint inspection programme undertaken by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland. 

A report is published after each inspection which highlights good practice and identifies areas for improvement.

You can ask to see a copy of the report when you visit a nursery/centre or you can access it on Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland or the HMIE website. 

All nurseries/centres and partner providers of pre-school education use the self-evaluation document Child at the Centre and the national care standards for early education and childcare to promote continuous improvement.

Pre-school education in East Ayrshire is provided directly by the local authority in early childhood centres and partner centres.

Contact Information

Early Learning and Childcare
Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock
KA3 7BU
Telephone: 01563 576004
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