Details of admissions to our early learning and childcare centres.
Our early learning and childcare centres accept children using the following requirements.
The Children and Young People Act 2014 increased the number of hours of free early learning and childcare (ELC) for all 3 and 4 year olds from 475 to 600 hours per year. In addition, a number of 2 year olds are now also entitled to free ELC.
WDC has responded to this new legislation and all centres now offer 600 hours of ELC for 3 and 4 year olds children. In addition, the council has expanded the number of places for eligible 2 year olds in line with the new duties.
We will admit your child automatically if:
Your child is made a priority if they are referred by social work / Psychological Services / health professionals as a child 'in need'. This means that a child needs childcare because:
We may give your child a funded place if you are a lone parent in training (under certain conditions).
You may get a place if you are a lone parent in employment (under certain conditions) or you live within the catchment area of the centre. We will charge for the service if your child is admitted under these points.
Your 2 year old is entitled to 600 hours of free ELC if you receive one of the benefits listed in the two lists. You can obtain an application form from one of our centres who accommodate two year olds:
If you receive one of the following you will be given a second form by the centre. This form should be taken to the Job Centre for completion.
If you receive one of the benefits below, you will be required to produce evidence, which is normally your Tax Credit Award Letter.
Please note the income thresholds for Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit can vary each year.
Finally, a place will be provided for all children aged two or over (or have been at any point since turning two) who:
More information can be found by:
All children in the two years before primary school are entitled to be admitted to our nurseries. This entitlement is valid from the term after your child's third birthday as stated by the Scottish Government, that is:
1st March - 31st August - eligible in following August
1st September - 31st December - eligible in following January
1st January - 28th February - eligible in following April
Your child will be prioritised as described above for children aged 0-3 years.
We will charge for any extra sessions that your child attends.
Your child will probably be placed within a council run childcare centre. A place can be arranged in a private/voluntary sector nursery. If you wish your child to be placed in a private nursery please contact us on 01389 737318.
Enrolment for nursery is during the second week in May.
You are able to place your child's name on a list at the childcare centre nearest your home after your child's 2nd birthday. If there is not enough places at your nearest centre you may be offered a place at another centre.
Please contact the individual centres regarding their procedure.