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

All phase one and phase two applications have now been allocated places and patterns of attendance and some early childhood centres (ECCs) are full and have been removed from the list.

Apply for an early learning and childcare place

ECCs, Funded Providers and Childminders have limited patterns available and you may wish to contact your preferred centre to discuss available patterns prior to applying.

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.

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.

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.


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

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