Nursery places for two year olds

Early learning and childcare for eligible twos

Some two year olds can get up to 600 hours of early learning and childcare in council-run nurseries during the school year. These are called eligible twos.


You may qualify if you get one or more of these benefits

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-based Employment Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension
  • Child Tax Credits, but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is below £16,105
  • both maximum Child Tax Credits and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is below £6,420
  • support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly household earned income of £610 or below.

or if your child is

  • looked after by a local authority
  • under a kinship care order
  • living with a parent-appointed guardian.

Starting nursery

When your child starts their funded nursery place depends on their date of birth.

If between

  • 1 January and 28 February 2016, they start in April 2018 for the summer term.
  • 1 March and 31 August 2016, they start in August 2018 for the autumn term.
  • 1 September and 31 December 2016, they start in January 2019 for the spring term.


We offer places for eligible twos at

  • Cameron House Nursery School
  • Craigentinny Early Years Centre
  • Craigmillar Early Years Centre
  • Craigroyston Early Years Centre
  • Fort Early Years Centre
  • Fox Covert Early Years Centre
  • Gilmerton Early Years Centre
  • Granton Early Years Centre
  • Greendykes Early Years Centre
  • Hailesland Early Years Centre
  • Queensferry Early Years Centre
  • Sighthill Early Years Centre
  • Stenhouse Early Years Centre
  • Tollcross Early Years Campus
  • Viewforth Early Years Centre
  • Broomhouse Primary School Nursery Class
  • Davidson's Mains Primary School Nursery Class
  • Ferryhill Primary School Nursery Class
  • Gylemuir Primary School Nursery Class
  • Hillwood Primary School Nursery Class
  • Leith Primary School Nursery Class
  • Leith Walk Primary School Nursery Class
  • Longstone Primary School Nursery Class
  • Oxgangs Primary School Nursery Class
  • Royal Mile Primary School Nursery Class

Complete the application form and take it to your first choice to apply.

Download the early learning and childcare application form (PDF, 226 KB)

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