Early Learning and Childcare for three and four year olds in Forest Kindergarten

Early learning and childcare for three and four year olds in Forest Kindergarten

Eligibility for funded hours starts the term after a child’s third birthday and the number of funded hours a child receives depends on the start date of their eligibility.

For session 2023-24 the number of funded hours will be as follows

Date of Birth Eligible From Offer letters sent out Funded entitlement for year 2023/2024
1 March 2020 to
31 August 2020
August 2023 (Autumn Term) Week beginning 27th March 2023 1140 hours
1 September 2020 to
31 December 2020
January 2024 (Spring Term) Week beginning 9th October 2023

624 hours

1 January 2021 to
29 February 2021
April 2024 (Summer Term) Week beginning 5th February 2024 306 hours

View early years 1140 hours video with audio description

Nursery places in our Forest Kindergartens are only available during school term time dates and are open Monday – Thursday with no provision on a Friday.  Across all forest kindergarten settings the option of 2 or 4 days is available.

Applying for a place 

To apply for a place at one of our forest kindergartens please submit one application and send it along with copies of the documents noted below to earlyyears@edinburgh.gov.uk  

Please note, some downloads may not be accessible.  For help, call 0131 200 2000.

  • apply for nursery form (PDF)
  • child's birth certificate - or, if informed by the nursery, their passport
  • proof of your address, such as a Council Tax letter or utility bill.

Please note we cannot guarantee your first choice of setting therefore, when completing the application form, you must provide a second and third choice and these can be either another forest kindergarten or from the settings listed in the following links:

Applications received that do not include second and third choices will be returned to you for completion.

Search for a nursery in your area

Find a childminder

Download a print-friendly list of council and partner provide centres - PDF

Find Forest Kindergartens

Name of Forest Kindergarten Address

Bonaly. 8.30am-4pm

Bonaly Scout Centre, 71 Bonaly Road, EH13 0PB

Cammo Estate - where drop off and pick up is from site - 8.15am-3.45pm

Cammo Estate where drop off and pick up is via bus transport - 8.30am-4.00pm

61A Cammo Road, Edinburgh, EH4 8AP

Corstorphine Hill, 8.15am – 3.45pm

80A Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UP

Hawkhill woods, 8.30am – 4.00pm

2A Greendykes Road, Edinburgh. EH16 4DP

Lauriston Castle, 8.15am-3.45pm

2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 6AD

Newbattle Abbey College, 8.30am – 4.00pm

Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3LL

South Queensferry (The Vat Run, off Hopetoun Road), 8.15am – 3.45pm

26B Hopetoun Road, Edinburgh, EH30 9RH