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 to early learning and childcare in the term after the child's 3rd birthday. The dates set by the Scottish Government are:

  • Children born 01 March to 31 August start Autumn Term (August)
  • Children born 01 September to 31 December start Spring Term (January)
  • Children born 01 January to 28 February start Summer Term (April)

Places are allocated by the nursery following the Early Learning and Childcare Admission Policy:

Early Learning and Childcare Admission Policy

How to apply

Each primary school with a nursery class will hold an enrolment event during January/February for children due to start nursery during the following school year.

Early Learning Centres accept enrolments any time during the year.

Forms are available from any nursery or primary school or can be downloaded below:

Apply for a nursery place

Please take the application, along with the child's Birth Certificate or Passport to your 1st choice nursery. Proof of address (Council Tax bill, Child Benefit letter, bank statement, utility bill) is also required.