Current entitlement to childcare

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What am I entitled to?

Places in nurseries for 3, 4 and some 2 year olds

In Scotland, all children aged 3 or 4 years old and some 2 year olds are entitled to a funded nursery place in either a Council nursery, or in a nursery or playgroup which has a partnership contract with the Council. Funded places are for 600 hours per year, which is equal to just under 16 hours per week over a 38 week school year. This will increase by 2020.

Please note, it is not always possible to guarantee that this place will be in your first choice of nursery.

See also: Expansion of early learning and childcare

When does my child become entitled?

Children become eligible for places in the term AFTER their birthday.

Places for children under 3

There is no entitlement to nursery places for children under 3, other than for those 2 year olds who meet the criteria set out in the Children and Young People Scotland Act.

We provide a number of nursery places for children under 3 but these are popular therefore an Admissions Policy is applied to ensure fairness.

Most private nurseries and some voluntary sector groups also provide places for children under 3. There are currently no funded places available for children under 3 years old in partner nurseries or playgroups.

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