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During February we promote registration for funded early learning and childcare places for three and four year olds. We use the following channels:

  • media
  • social media
  • website

Guide to early learning and childcare

Our Guide to Early Learning and Childcare sets out the Council’s Policy for the allocation of early learning and childcare places.

When to register

Registration for academic year 2023/24 for all early childhood centres, funded ELC providers and approved childminders on the Council Contract Framework in East Ayrshire will take place online from Monday 27 February until Sunday 12 March 2023.

How to apply

Applications are open from Monday 15 May 2023 until 4pm on Friday 26 May 2023 to allow any late applications to be allocated prior to the start of the new term in August. 

Please use the link below to apply for an early learning and childcare place. You will require to register for a customer account to complete the online registration form:

Apply for an early learning and childcare place

To complete the online registration you will require to upload:

  • a copy of your child's full birth certificate
  • two proofs of your residency, for example, Council Tax Notice and utility bill

Should you require a copy of your child’s birth certificate for registration, this can be obtained at

You should also identify your second choice of centre and preferred pattern of attendance on the application form as there may be occasions when you cannot access a place in your first choice of centre. Applications which do not indicate a second choice may not be considered.

If you wish to apply for a split session place you will need to make an application for each centre.

To enable appropriate planning to meet all children's needs, parents and carers should note any issues which affect their child, for example specific dietary, medical or toileting needs on the application form.


All places are allocated in line with the priorities outlined in A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare. For example, first priority is given to children who meet the criteria set out in Priority 1, then Priority 2 and so on.

Every effort will be made to meet your first choice of centre and preferred pattern of attendance, however this will be dependent on the number of places available and the priority given to applications.

Change of preference of place allocated

This online form is for parents or carers whose child has been allocated a place in an Early Childhood Centre (ECC), Funded Provider (FP) centre or with a childminder, and are now seeking a place in a different setting.

Apply for change of preference of place allocated

Two year old places

Find out how to apply for an eligible two year old place.

Additional year of early learning and childcare

Find out how to apply for deferred entry to primary school and an additional year of early learning and childcare.

Contact Information

Early Learning and Childcare
Telephone:07385 394774
Telephone:07741 134679

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