Early Learning and Childcare Information
Early Learning and Childcare Applications
Children who are three before 31 August 2017 are eligible for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place in August 2017; children who are three before 31 December 2017 are eligible for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place in January 2018 and children who are three before 28 February 2018 are eligible for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place in April 2018 either at a local authority provision or with a playgroup or private nursery (partner provider) commissioned by the authority. Parents should enroll by completing the relevant form in the application pack.
Application packs for admission to local authority nurseries and to commissioned playgroups and private day nurseries will be available from the 23rd January 2017. These can be obtained from all participating Early Learning and Childcare providers or by downloading the application pack below.
All children are currently eligible to receive up to 600 hours of free Early Learning and Childcare per annum, or a pro rata amount, from the term after their 3rd birthday. Parents can choose whether these are accessed in a local authority nursery or within a playgroup or private day nursery, which has been commissioned by the local authority.
All Early Learning and Childcare settings which provide Early Learning and Childcare places are regulated by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, and are quality assured by Aberdeenshire Council. Parents should note there are separate approaches for applying for places in school nursery classes and applying for places in commissioned playgroups or private day nurseries. These are as follows:
For Entry to a Local Authority School Nursery Class
For parents of children who will become eligible to commence their Early Learning and Childcare place in the 2017/2018 session, applications should be received between 23rd January 2017 and 3rd February 2017. To apply for an Early Learning and Childcare place, please submit an application form to the provision of your choice from those listed in the Applying for Early Learning and Childcare application pack, available from schools or by downloading the form below. Please also take evidence of your child’s date of birth (original birth certificate) and evidence of your home address (for example a recent utility bill or recent bank statement).
For entry to a commissioned playgroup or private day nursery
Parents should apply directly to the provision of their choice from the 23rd January 2017. There is no deadline for application forms to be received by Partner Providers, however, it should be noted your chances of securing a place will be increased the earlier you apply before your child is eligible to receive a funded place (the term following their third birthday).
Applications for Eligible Two Year Olds: 01 March 2015 to 29 February 2016
2 year olds Admissions Poster (pdf 503kb)
Eligible two year olds fall into two categories:
1. Those that are looked after and accommodated or are under a kinship or guardianship order – forms can be obtained through your Social Worker
2. Those whose families are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers allowance (income based)
- Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Any income related element of the Employment & Support Allowance
- Child tax credit but not working tax credit and your income is below £16,105
- Both maximum CTC & WTC with income Less than £6,420.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- Universal credit (interim measure)
- Or any other qualifying benefit as stated by the Department for Work and Pensions
Application forms can be accessed at your local Department of Work and Pension Office.
Applications will be managed centrally by the Early Years Team. Forms can also be accessed by contacting the Early Years Team at Woodhill House – Tel: 01224 664026.