Early Learning and Childcare Enrolment

Early Learning & Childcare Enrolment 2021/2022

For the 2021-22 session, free nursery places are available for children who:

  • are 4 years of age and are not currently registered with a nursery
  • will be 3 years of age between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022
  • will be 2 years of age between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022 and whose parent(s)/carer(s) are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits. (Further information on eligibility information is available on the MyGov.Scot (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website).

Eligibility for early learning and childcare throughout the year is as follows:

  • From the Autumn Term (Aug – Dec) - children born between 1 March and 31 August
  • From the Spring Term (Jan – March) - children born between 1 September and 31 December
  • From the Summer Term (April – June) - children born between 1 January and 28 February

All eligible children will have the choice of a term-time place of up to 30 funded hours per week (for 38 weeks of the year) or a full-year place of up to 22.5 funded hours per week (for 50 weeks of the year)

Gaelic First Policy

In all Early Learning, nursery and school enrolment, the Comhairle operates a Gaelic First Policy. This means that the default language stream for enrolment will be Gaelic Medium unless the choice is made during the enrolment process to opt for English Medium.

Parents are invited to make contact with their chosen nursery from Monday 25th January and they will advise about completion of the enrolment process.

ELC Enrolment enquiries: Contact (01851) 822655 or earlyyearsenquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk