Free childcare places for 2-year-olds

If you are the parent/carer.

Did you know the Scottish Government is funding free childcare places for eligible 2-year-olds? Do any of the following apply?
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income-based)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is less than £17,005
  • Both maximum CTC and maximum WTC income is under £7,920
  • Universal Credit and your household take-home pay is £660 a month or less
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Looked after by the local council, subject of a Kinship or Guardianship Order

Funding is also available if a child:

  • Has a parent who is care experienced
  • Has a parent who is supported by the Family Nurse Partnership
For further information contact the participating nurseries or Kelly Eckley for childminding enquiries:

Local authority nurseries:

  • Arnprior Nursery 01786 870729 
  • Allan's Nursery 01786 473453
  • Callander Primary School Nursery 01786 237973
  • Cornton Nursery 01786 237910 
  • Cowie Nursery 01786 237954
  • Crianlarich Nursery 01838 300396            
  • Croftamie Nursery 01360 660147              
  • Doune Nursery 01786 842734
  • Dunblane Primary School Nursery 01786 822518
  • Fallin Nursery 01786 237915       
  • Hillview Nursery 01786 446283
  • Killin Nursery 01567 820889
  • Park Drive Nursery 01786 816766
  • Raploch Nursery 01786 272337
  • Wellgreen Nursery 01786 447217

Partner settings:

  • Acrewood Nursery 01786 262621
  • Arnhall Nursery 01786 822391
  • Bright Starts Nursery 01786 474712
  • Cambusbarron Village Nursery 01786 430497
  • Corner House Nursery 01786 462233
  • Dunblane Nature Kindergarten 01786 820950
  • Heron House Nursery 01360 550162
  • Lecropt Nursery 01786 834596
  • Little Stars Nursery (Stirling) 01786 445552
  • Meadows Nursery 01786 815554
  • Old Doune Road Nursery 01786 822854
For details of childminders offering this provision, email Kelly Eckley or call on 01786 445377.

What am I entitled to?

From 1 August 2021, the funded early learning and childcare entitlement is 1140 hours per year for all 3 and 4-year-olds, and eligible 2-year-olds. This will be high quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable for families. Funded places can be accessed from a Council nursery, a private, voluntary or independent (PVI) nursery or a childminder who has a partnership contract with us. 

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

Can I get help with the cost of childcare?

Your employer may be able to help you with approved childcare costs using childcare vouchers or schemes. Further information is available on's childcare page.


Childminders in Stirling are able to offer free childcare places to 3 and 4-year-olds, as well as eligible 2-year-olds as part of a new partnership

We work in partnership with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) team to deliver flexible options for free childcare. 

When does my child become entitled?

Children become eligible for places in the term after their third 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. 

Last updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 4:22 PM