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Applying for a nursery place

Early Years admissions policy

If you are applying for a place in a Council-run nursery or want to transfer to another Council-run nursery, the allocation of nursery places is determined by our admissions policy.  This sets the priorities for the allocation of places based on the child's needs. 

Children aged 0-3 years

Early Years admissions policy
Priority 1
Children affected by abuse
Children with additional support needs
Looked after and accommodated children from birth up to 2 years old
Children who at any time from the age of 2 years have been
a) Looked after and accommodated; or
b) subject to a Kinship Care Order
Children affected by domestic violence
Children affected by substance misuse
Children affected by a disability within the home
All applications within priority 1 must be substantiated by a wellbeing assessment / single agency assessment
*2 year olds as required by relevant legislation from time to time applying
Priority 2
New applications: 0-3 year olds
Priority 3
Transfer applications: change in circumstances
Priority 4
Transfer applications: parental choice
Priority 5

(a)  All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council area but within the catchment area of a South Lanarkshire primary school ;

(b) All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council area.

Children aged 3-5 years

Early Years admissions policy
Priority 1 
Children affected by abuse
Children with additional support needs
Children who at any time have been
a) Looked after and accommodated; or
b) subject to a Kinship Care Order
Children affected by domestic violence
Children affected by substance misuse
Children affected by a disability within the home
All applications within Priority 1 must be substantiated by a wellbeing assessment / single agency assessment
Priority 2
a) Children in their pre-school year – new applications
b) Deferred entry children Sept/Dec birthdays – referred (approved by scrutiny panel)
c) Transfer application pre-school year children – change in circumstances
Priority 3
a) Children in their ante pre-school year - new applications
b) Transfer applications ante-pre-school year - change in circumstances
Priority 4
a) Deferred entry children: Sept/Dec parental choice
b) Transfer application pre-school year children - parental choice
c) Transfer applications ante-pre-school year - parental choice
Priority 5

(a)  All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council area but within the catchment area of a South Lanarkshire primary school ;

(b) All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council area.