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Early learning and childcare establishments (ELC)

How to apply for a nursery place for a 3 or 4 year old

Find out how to apply for an early learning and childcare place for a 3 or 4 year old child.

East Renfrewshire Council nursery place

How to apply

When to apply

You should register your child as soon as they turn 2 years old.

Closing date

You should apply by the last day in February of the school year your child will start nursery.

For example, if your child should start nursery in the 2018/19 term, you should apply by 28 February 2018.

We'll process late applications after we allocate places to those who applied by the closing date.

Nursery places for 2017/18 session

The closing date for this session has now passed.

Places for late applications are limited.

Nursery place options

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 means 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare.

There are various options available to you. For example, some nurseries may offer wrap around care.

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Funding for a partnership nursery and playgroups

How to apply

If you want your child to go to a partnership private or voluntary playgroup, you should contact them direct.

Closing date

You must register your child with the nursery or playgroup by 30 April of the school year they will start.

If you apply after this date, you won't qualify for funding.

The nursery or playgroup will contact you to let you know if you've been successful for funding.

If you've been unsuccessful and live in East Renfrewshire, we'll offer you a council nursery place.

Partner early learning and childcare providers

Find partner early learning and childcare providers

Contact Early Learning and Childcare Team 

0141 577 3265

Related information

How to apply for a nursery place for a 2 year old

Find other childcare providers in East Renfrewshire

Education Scotland inspection reports


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