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When and where to apply 

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A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare in East Ayrshire, sets out our policy for the allocation of Early Learning and Childcare places.

Find out more about eligibility for a place

Can I apply for a place in any ECC or funded provider centre? 

Yes, however geographic criteria apply to early childhood centres and funded providers offering 1140 hours. 

Children who reside outwith East Ayrshire and who are cared for by a childminder and/or relative in East Ayrshire will be considered using their home address only.

The information you provide on the application form will help the head/manager of centre to give appropriate priority to your application. It is important that you provide full details on the form. You may also wish another agency to provide further information in support of your application, for example, health. You can indicate this on your application form.

Does my child have to access early learning and childcare? 

No, it is not compulsory. It is for parents and carers to decide whether they want their child to participate. Evidence suggests that high quality early learning and childcare can make a significant impact on the critical years of a child's development. 

Can my child access early learning and childcare in another authority? 

The choice of early learning and childcare setting available to families is not restricted to their own local authority area. Please email for further information.

Contact Information

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

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