Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

When and where to apply

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

  • Public notice in the local press
  • Social media
  • Website

A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare (PDF 2.23Mb) sets out the Council’s Policy for the allocation of early learning and childcare places and is available in all early childhood centres, funded provider centres and the Ayrshire wide Childcare and Recreation Information Service (CARIS).

When to register

Registration fortnight for all early childhood centres and funded providers in East Ayrshire will take place from Monday 17 February 2020 until Friday 28 February 2020. Please note:

  • Surnames beginning A to L should register week beginning Monday 17 February 2020
  • Surnames beginning M to Z should register week beginning Monday 24 February 2020

How to apply

The relevant application form will be available from your first choice of centre.

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

It is important that you make application by Friday 28 February 2020 to your first choice of centre as the process to allocate places for the forthcoming academic year begins in March.

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 application for each centre.

Applications received after Friday 28 February 2020 will be allocated in a second phase before the start of the new term in August 2020.

You may complete an application form prior to the registration period however, please be aware this will not influence your priority for a place.

When completing the application, parents and carers should inform the centre head/manager of any issues which may affect their child, for example, toileting, any special dietary requirements or medical issues. This is to enable appropriate planning to take place and will not affect their child’s access to a place.

Please note

  • Applications for Cherry Trees ECC should be submitted to Barshare or Greenmill Primary Schools
  • Applications for Loanhead ECC should be collected and returned to Early learning and Childcare, Civic Centre South, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW


All places are allocated in line with the priorities outlined in A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare (PDF 712Kb). 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. 

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

Education Service - Early Years
Civic Centre South
16 John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 578118
Telephone: 01563 578117