Children over 3 years of age are entitled to 600 hours of early learning and childcare per year.

Provision in nursery classes is normally 5 early learning and childcare sessions per week during term time. These sessions last 3 hours 10 minutes and are available (either morning or afternoon) in a nursery class attached to a primary school.

Children are eligible for a place according to their date of birth, please see information below.

A child in his/her ante-pre-school year will be eligible for entry to early learning and childcare after the child's third birthday as follows:

  • For children who reach 3 years of age between 1st March and 31st July the start date will be at the beginning of the Autumn Term (August)
  • For children reaching 3 years between 1st August and 29th February of the following year the start date will be month after the child’s 3rd birthday

Applications to be allocated for the forthcoming academic session should be submitted by 31 March.

Places are allocated by the Central Admissions Team following the Early Learning and Childcare Admission Policy:

Early Learning and Childcare Admission Policy

How to apply

Parents/Carers can obtain an application from any Primary School or Early Learning and Childcare Centre or can be downloaded below:

Apply for a nursery place

You can also apply in person with the Admissions Team at Sealock House.

All applications must be accompanied by the child's birth certificate (copy if possible) and proof of residence (Council Tax Notice, Utility Bill, Driving Licence, Tenancy Agreement). Other forms of residence must be agreed by the Admissions Team.

All applications should be sent to:

ELC Admissions Team
Sealock House
2 Inchyra Road

If you wish to change nursery during the session then please complete a Nursery Transfer form:

Nursery transfer form