Your childcare and early learning options
Age 3 and 4
When your child reaches the age of 2, you can add them to the waiting list of the early learning and childcare setting of your choice.
When can my child start?
|Month when the child turns 3||When can the child start?|
|January||February (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)|
|February||March (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)|
|March to August||August (start of autumn term)|
|September||October (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)|
|October||November (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)|
|November||January (start of winter term)|
|December||January (start of winter term)|
How to apply
All early learning and childcare providers process their own applications for 3 and 4 year olds. Contact the nursery, childminder, partnership centre or other provider.
You can also download and print an application (PDF). Complete the form and take it to your preferred provider.
- Primary schools that offer nursery classes
- Directory of early learning and childcare for 3-4 year olds
- Playgroups for 2-5 year olds
- Search for childminders (Scottish Family Information Service)
- Find a care service (Care Inspectorate)