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Paid nursery places

If your child is three years old but is not yet eligible for a free nursery place, you can pay for your child to attend a South Lanarkshire run nursery.

If your child is due to attend your chosen nursery at the next intake (August, January or March), you can access a paid place at that nursery for 3 hrs 10 minute sessions at £8.50 per day until they reach the natural intake. Once your child reaches their natural intake, the £8.50 charge no longer applies.

Please note however, that all parents will have to pay 50p per day towards the nursery's snack and toy fund (£2.50 per week).

Children who attend nurseries that offer extended hours may pay for extra hours at £3 per hour. Where lunch is provided, the cost per day is £1.20 in addition to the daily charge.

Children who attend nurseries that are open all day (8am to 6pm) will pay £30 per day.

Exemption of nursery charges

You may be exempt from paying nursery charges if you receive the following:

  • Child Tax Credit (gross annual income less than £6,420)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Income Support
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (earned income less than £610)
  • Working Tax and Child Tax Credit (gross annual income less than £6,420)

You should ask the nursery and they will advise you. You will have to provide proof of entitlement as well as proof of the child's home address for example a Child Benefit award letter.

Children with additional support needs who are referred by a community paediatrician or receive Disability Living Allowance will receive up to five free sessions during term time. 

How to pay for nursery places

Payments are made in advance - as detailed in your contract with the nursery, using the options below:

You can pay with most major credit or debit cards (except Diners Card or American Express).

Education support services helpline

Phone: 0303 123 1023
Email: Education support services helpline