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

A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare (PDF 695Kb) sets out the Council’s Policy for the allocation of early learning and childcare places and is available online.

When to register

Registration for academic year 2022/23 for all early childhood centres, funded ELC providers and approved childminders on the Council Contract Framework in East Ayrshire took place online from Monday 28 February 2022 until Sunday 13 March 2022.

How to apply

Applications are now closed and places will be allocated before the start of the new term. For any late applications the form will open again at the end of May 2022.

You will need to register for a customer account to complete the online registration form.

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 Certificates.scot.

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.

To enable appropriate planning to meet all children's needs, parents and carers should note any issues which affect their child ie 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 (PDF 717Kb). 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

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