All 3 and 4 year olds living in the Falkirk Council area are entitled to 600 hours of high quality early learning and childcare.

We offer nursery places through 3 types of nursery:

Nursery classes – located in primary schools, managed by the primary school head teacher and offering school term time places. Nursery classes operate morning and afternoon sessions. A typical session is 3hrs 10 minutes. Your child may have a place at the either a morning or afternoon session. Terms at nursery classes attached to primary schools are the same as the school term so your child receives early learning & childcare during the school term time only.

Early Learning Centres – are open all year round from 8am to 6pm. Most of these centres provide places for babies, toddlers and 3 to 5 year olds, to enable parents to work, undertake training or further education. These nurseries can provide up to 16 hours of free early learning and childcare per week for each child in their pre and ante pre school years.

Partner services – We are in partnership with a number of private nurseries where you will also be able to use your child's 600 hours of free early learning and childcare and additional childcare hours to meet the needs of your family. Childcare must be arranged first before early learning sessions can be added. Please contact these providers directly to discuss.

Our nurseries and partner providers are registered with the Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) formerly known as the Care Commission. They are inspected by both SCSWIS and Education Scotland with the reports being published online.

Each nursery offers a safe and structured environment for your child. They have well qualified staff and operate to high standards. All Falkirk Council nursery services are delivered by Children's Services. The links below provide further information:

Further information

Please contact us if you would like more information:

Information about other useful services is available from the Falkirk Families Information Service.