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 online.

When to register

Registration for all early childhood centres, funded providers and approved childminders in East Ayrshire will take place online from Friday 19 February 2021 until Friday 12 March 2021.

How to apply

Applications are now online:

Apply for an early learning and childcare place

You will be required to attach a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of address to the online application at the time of registration. 

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

It is important that you make application by Friday 12 March 2021 as the process to allocate places for the forthcoming academic year begins on 15 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 12 March 2021 will be allocated in a second phase before the start of the new term in August 2021.

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.

Places

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
Kilmarnock
KA1 1HW

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