Eligibility for early learning and childcare places

The Scottish Government funds 600 hours of early learning and childcare for all three and four year old children and also for some two year old children.

Two year olds

Find out about eligibility for two year olds, details of which services are available and how to apply.

Three year olds

If your child’s date of birth is on or between 1 March 2015 and the 28 February 2016 he/she will be eligible for a funded place as set out in the table below.

Children born betweenWill be eligible for 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare from
1 March 2015 – 31 August 2015 August 2018
1 September 2015 – 29 February 2016 The month after their third birthday

Four year olds

If your child’s date of birth is on or between 1 March 2014 and the 28 February 2015 he/she will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place in August 2018. 

How to register

Registration has been extended to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Please apply direct to the early childhood centre or partner provider centre and remember to bring along your child's birth certificate at the time of registration.

Deciding priorities for admission 

We have agreed that there are some family circumstances which will give children priority for admission. Children will be banded in line with the Early Learning and Childcare Admissions Policy both for a place in an establishment and, where requested, for a particular session. 

Children who reside outwith East Ayrshire and who are cared for by a childminder and/or relatives in East Ayrshire will be considered using their home address only.

Dates of birth or length of time on the register of applications does not affect priority given to children in their pre-school year (four year olds). Children in their ante pre-school year (three year olds) are eligible for a place according to set dates. 

Placing requests for children with additional support needs 

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended, allows parents of a child who has been assessed as having additional support for learning needs to make a placing request for their child to attend any centre under the management of an education authority (which includes both local authority early childhood centres and partner providers). 

If a placing request is refused the parent will have the right to formally appeal as set out in the Code of Practice as defined by the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended. 

Admissions policy

Download the full Early Education admissions policy 

Contact Information

Early Learning and Childcare
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 576004
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