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Early learning and childcare

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

How to apply

You can apply 2 months before your child turns 2 years old.

word icon Download nursery application form for 2 year olds [68kb]

Do you qualify for free early learning and childcare?

You can get free early learning and childcare if your child is 2 and you get one of these benefits:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
  • any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit and your income is less than £16,105
  • both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (you can claim this if your income is less than £610 a month)

Other qualifying criteria

You can also get free early learning and childcare place if your child is:

  • looked after by a local council
  • the subject of a kinship care order
  • the subject of a guardianship order
  • has additional support needs as assessed by psychological services

Priority groups

Parents of all 2 year olds can apply. Places are limited and are allocated in order of priority.

Priority groups
GroupDetailsFree place

Priority group 1

  • households where parents receive qualifying benefits
  • children considered to be in need of protection (including kinship care)
  • children with additional support needs assessed by psychological services
Priority group 2East Renfrewshire children who don't qualify under priority 1


Current charges apply.

Priority group 3Children who don't live in East RenfrewshireCurrent charges apply.

Family centres

We have 6 family centres which provide early learning and childcare for 2 year olds.

Partner early learning and childcare providers

We work in partnership with private and voluntary providers. Your child could also be allocated a place with one of our partners.

Partnership early learning and childcare providers

Related information

pdf icon Leaflet: Early learning and childcare for 2 year olds [182kb]




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