Pre-school nursery education
Funded nursery places
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All children who are eligible are entitled to a free part-time place. This place can be taken at a council-run nursery or in a partner provider centre. A pre-school education place is usually five sessions per week, each session lasting two and a half hours, for 38 weeks of the year. The total number of pre-school hours is 475 per year. Occasionally nurseries can offer a combination of sessions, dependent on availability.
When will my child become eligible for a nursery place?
Your child's eligibility depends on their birthday:
|Child's date of birth falls between:||Entitlement begins:
|1 March 2010 and 31 August 2010||August 2013 -Term 1 (Autumn)|
|1 September 2010 and 31 December 2010||January 2014 - Term 2 (Spring)|
|1 January 2011 and 28 February 2011||April 2014 - Term 3 (Summer)|
Find out how to apply for a nursery place.
Which nursery can my child attend?
There are no catchment area restrictions for nurseries. You can send your child to any nursery in the city, if a place is available. Read more about choosing a nursery.
P1 placements are allocated by catchment area only. Attendance at a non-catchment nursery will not entitle a child to a P1 place in that school at Primary 1 entry time.
Partner Provider Centres are not run by the Council but have been commissioned by us to provide pre-school education. Find out more about the types of nursery.
If you take a place at a partner provider centre, you will be able to receive a contribution towards your fees depending upon the number of sessions your child attends. Funding for the place is provided by the Scottish Government and is paid directly by us to the partner provider on a termly basis. You do not need to apply for funding. The partner provider will do this and can supply you with a pre-school funding information leaflet.
If you need extra provision, read about extra childcare you can purchase.
Additional support needs
All council nurseries, child and family centres and many partner providers have places for children with additional support needs. Find out about childcare for children with additional support needs.