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Early learning and childcare applications

All you need to know about your child's entitlement, eligibility and the application process.

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) free entitlement almost doubled in September 2020. Plans to develop a new, improved and flexible service for parents and carers across North Lanarkshire are now more or less in place.

1,140 hours are available to all children aged three to five years old, as well as some two-year-olds. The focus is on flexibility for families, as well as an emphasis on quality and a strong connection with outdoor learning and learning through play.

Eligibility for entitlement

It can get a bit confusing working out when your child's free entitlement can start depending on when their birthday is. The funding dates for 2021/2022 are as follows:

  • Children who reach 3 years of age between 1 March 2021 and 12 August 2021 can take up their ELC placement from August 2021.
  • Children reaching 3 years of age between 13 August 2021 and 28 February 2022 can take up their ELC placement the day after the child's 3rd birthday.
  • Parents/carers of children applying to North Lanarkshire Council from another local authority should be guided by the Cross Boundary Protocol.

Applying for an early learning and childcare placement

Children will normally attend an ELC establishment closest to their home but you can apply to any establishment, in accordance with the admissions policy, should you wish to do so.

Applications should be returned to your first choice of ELC provider by Friday, 12 February 2021.

Application forms, guidance notes and a list of council nurseries

Application forms, guidance notes and a list of council nurseries and partner providers can be viewed and downloaded here.

Page last updated:
09 Dec 2020

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