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Early Learning and Childcare admissions policy

We use the admissions policy when considering the allocation of Early Learning and childcare places. This sets the priorities for the allocation of places based on the child's needs. 

This admissions policy was approved in December 2019.

Children aged 0-3 years

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

Priority 2
New applications: 0-3 year olds

Priority 3
Transfer applications: change in circumstances

Priority 4
Transfer applications: parental choice

Priority 5
All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council who are not within a catchment area of a primary school within the Council area

Children aged 3-5 years

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

Children in their pre-school year – new applications
Deferred entry children Aug/Dec
Transfer application pre-school year children – change in circumstances

Priority 3

Children in their ante pre-school year - new applications
Transfer applications ante-pre-school year - change in circumstances

Priority 4
Transfer application pre-school year children - parental choice
Transfer applications ante-pre-school year – parental choice

Priority 5
All children resident outwith South Lanarkshire Council who are not within a catchment area of a primary school within the Council area

Priority 6
Additional hours

Priority 1   All Priority 1 children
Priority 2   Children whose parents and/or carers are in employment or education
Priority 3   All children allocated a place in the nursery including those children returning to nursery for a further year which includes deferred children approved by the Council.

Notes (all notes apply to children from 0-5 years)

  • Priorities 1-4 are children who are resident within South Lanarkshire Council area and those children who are catchment pupils for a South Lanarkshire Council primary school
  • All children residing outwith the Council area, no matter the circumstances, are considered priority 5
  • Eligible children will have access to Early Learning and Childcare regardless of age, gender, race, religion or need.
  • Early Learning and Childcare will be provided on a non-denominational basis.
  • Securing a place in a school nursery class does not guarantee a primary school place within the same primary school
  • Children deferring entry from Primary 1 (January and February birthdays) are considered returning children
  • Children deferring entry from Primary 1 (August to December birthdays) who have been approved  for a deferred year of funding are considered returning children
  • Additional hours are only considered once all eligible children have been allocated their entitlement

Related content

  1. Applying for a nursery place
  2. How nursery places are allocated
  3. Early Learning and Childcare admissions policy