Applying for 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare

If your child will have their 3rd birthday in the period between 1 March and 28 Feb in the coming year you should complete an application by the end of February. If your child is already three and needs a nursery place you should apply as soon as possible.  

If your child is 2 years old and meets the eligibility criteria you should apply before their 2nd birthday or as soon as possible.

We will follow the Council's Early Learning and Chilcare Admissions Policy and we will try to allocate siblings to the same establishment. 

You can apply for a funded place in any of the Council's primary school nursery classes and nursery centres and with funded providers and childminders who are in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council to provide funded placements. There is also a wide of placement options.

To apply for a free childcare place, you should contact your first choice nursery to arrange to complete an application with them. During the current Covid 19 restrictions we are asking you not to visit the nursery itself to complete paperwork. If you wish your child to go to a nursery which has not yet been completed please email to request an application. 

The closing date for applications is the last day in February each year. If you miss the closing date, your application will be held for the ‘late application’ process which starts in June each year. Late applications may not get their chosen establishment as there may be no spaces remaining, however, we will consider the information provided in your application and allocate where spaces are available.

Please note the last date that we will accept an application for an Early Learning and Childcare place for the current year will be 30 November each year. Applications received after this date, will be held until our admissions for the following year.  You will be required to provide your child’s full birth certificate and two proofs of address (no more than 6 months old) to the nursery when enrolling at the start of your child’s placement.

All applications for the annual admissions for the start of a new session which are received by the last day in February will be considered at meetings in March and April and parents will be issued letters confirming placements as soon as possible afterwards.  We will send an update via the Council's twitter and facebook pages to advise when the letters will be sent.

Entitled Children

  • All 3 and 4 year old children
  •  Children approved for a deferred entry to primary school
  • 2 year olds who are, or have been since they turned 2, cared for by the local authority (LAAC)
  • 2 year olds who are, or have been since they turned 2, cared for under a kinship care order
  • 2 year olds from ‘families seeking work’ households
  • 2 year olds from low income households in receipt of certain Child Tax and Working Tax Credits.

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