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Register your child for nursery

This article was first published on: 13 December 2017

Parents and carers looking to gain a place in an East Renfrewshire Council nursery are being urged to register their child before 28 February 2018.


All children who are three and four years old are entitled to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare.

Morning and afternoon sessions are allocated by ballot and these would apply for two years. The sessions are also allocated in equal numbers to achieve a balance of three and four year old school children. You can also apply for extended hours offering full day provision in some facilities, subject to availability.

The Council is urging parents whose child will turn three or four between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019 to apply if you haven't done so already.

If your child is due to start nursery in the 2018/19 session, you will be contacted by the end of April if your application is received before the closing date.

This year the closing date for applications for council nurseries is 28 February 2018.

Places are also available for eligible two year olds, which includes looked after children and those with a parent in receipt of qualifying benefits. These places can be applied for throughout the year and are allocated on a monthly basis.

We are encouraging parents to get their applications in as soon as possible. Every three and four-year-old in East Renfrewshire is entitled to a place at one of our nurseries or partner providers and we are looking forward to welcoming these children into our education system.
Councillor Paul O'Kane - Convener for Education and Equalities

How to apply to an Early Learning and Childcare Establishment (ELC)

If you plan to send your son or daughter to a private or voluntary playgroup or nursery, you will need to apply for a place in your chosen establishment by contacting them directly, no later than 30 April 2018. Those that are successful in receiving funding will be notified directly by the provider and unsuccessful applicants that live in East Renfrewshire, will be offered a place within a local authority nursery.

If you have any queries on nursery registration, contact our education service on 0141 577 3265 or email

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