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Applying for an Early Learning Childcare Place

Applying for an Early Learning Childcare Place

Application forms for Session 2021/2022 will not be available until January 2021.

Eligible birth dates for session 2020/21

  • Children born between  1/3/16 - 28/2/17 - eligible 4 year old (pre-school) start August 2020
  • Children born between 1/3/17 - 31/8/17 - eligible 3 year olds start August 2020
  • Children born between 1/9/17 - 31/12/17 - eligible 3 year olds start January 2021
  • Children born between 1/1/18 - 28/2/18 - eligible 3 year olds start April 2021
  • Children born between 1/3/18 - 28/2/19 - eligible 2 year olds start the term after their 2nd birthday - August 2020, January 2021 or April 2021 unless in kinship care or looked after when they start as soon as possible after their 2nd birthday.

Closing date for all pre-school and eligible 3 applications will be Friday 13th March.

The application form is available to download from this page as well as at all council Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings, partner settings and childminders and our offices at Kilncraigs. You can also request a form to be emailed or posted out by emailing us at

Applying for a place (age 2)

You can apply for funded Early Learning and Childcare the term after your child has turned 2 and you are in receipt of certain benefits. Please refer to the Funded early learning and childcare page for further information.

To apply please complete the application form and return with supporting documentation to your first choice of ELC setting.

Applying for a place (age 3-5)

Children become eligible for a free place from the term after their 3rd birthday. This entitlement continues until the child is of the age to start school.

All children have an entitlement of 1140 hours per year in a local authority ELC setting.

This entitlement means an early learning and childcare place of 6 hours a day over 38 weeks in a local ELC setting, partnership provider or with a childminder.

Certain ELC settings, childminders and partner providers can offer you your funded hours spread over the full year. You need to contact them directly to find out the session options they offer.

You should note, there are no catchment areas for nursery places. This does mean, dependant on availability, you may not get your first choice. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests.

To apply for all ELC places, please complete the application form and return to your first choice of ELC setting.

You will also be required to complete a session choice form to indicate which sessions you would like. This is available from your ELC setting and should be completed as quickly as possible.

ELC setting and childminders

Please follow the links to view our council ELC settings and funded provider settings and childminders.

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000