Apply for childcare and early learning

Stepping Stones Nursery in Peterhead is welcoming early learning and childcare applications
Stepping Stones Nursery in Peterhead is welcoming early learning and childcare applications

Parents and carers of children whose birth date is between March 1, 2011 and February 28, 2013 can apply for the free early learning and childcare place their youngster is entitled to in Aberdeenshire this month.

Every three and four year old and eligible two year old is entitled to up to 600 hours of early learning and childcare per year, dependant on the term date of which they are eligible to start.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “I urge parents and carers to complete the admissions process to ensure their child secures the place they are entitled to and help the education service plan its resources.”

A variety of settings are available including Aberdeenshire Council nursery classes, approved playgroups and approved private day nurseries.

All settings are regulated by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, and are quality assured by Aberdeenshire Council.

The next application period for three and four year olds runs from Monday, February 23 until Friday, March 6 and there are three intake periods running up to spring 2016.

More details are available at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/parentscarers/earlylearningandchildcare.