Find early learning and childcare
We currently provide 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare to all three and four year olds and to eligible two year olds. We provide this through our own
- nursery classes
- nursery schools
- early years centres
and private nurseries we work in partnership with, known as partner provider nurseries.
Depending on the setting, the model of delivery may be
- 5 sessions, am or pm, 3 hours 12 minutes per day
- 4 sessions, am or pm, 4 hours per day.
Please contact your local nursery for more information.
Search early learning and childcare settings or read on to learn about and find specific types of childcare.
Our nursery classes and nursery schools
Nursery classes are attached to primary schools. Nursery schools are stand-alone centres.
Both provide part-time early learning and childcare for three to five year olds during the school year. Some offer places for eligible two year olds.
We support children with additional support needs within mainstream nurseries. Two of our special schools – Braidburn and Oaklands – have nursery classes.
Early years centres (EYCs)
EYCs provide early learning and childcare options for children and families all year round. EYCs support either
- birth to five years
- birth to three years
- three to five years.
Partner provider nurseries
We work in partnership with private, social enterprise and voluntary sector early learning and childcare settings. Most partner provider nurseries are open all year round.
for information about childminders who are in partnership with us and can provide funded ELC places.
Non partner providers
Other childcare options include
- voluntary and private sector nurseries
- breakfast clubs and after school clubs.
Find non partner childcare on the Scottish Family Information service.