Free early learning and childcare for 2 year olds (Strong Starts)

There are now places for eligible 2 year olds whose parents meet certain benefits criteria in a number of local authority nurseries.

If you receive any of these benefits, your 2 year old may be eligible for a Strong Start place:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is less than £6,420
  • You may also be eligible if you are an asylum seeker receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit
  • Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit

*Your two year old child may also be eligible from the point they are looked after, under a Kinship Care order, or with a parent appointed guardian.  Advice is available from your allocated Social Worker.

How to apply for a nursery place

Download the icon Strong Start 2017-18 Application Form [141Kb] &  icon Strong Start 2018-19 Application Form [141Kb] and hand the completed form to the nursery along with the following evidence:

  • Evidence of the qualifying benefits you receive
  • Proof of your child's age, (birth certificate) and;
  • Proof of your residency at the time of application.

Nurseries currently offering places for 2 year olds

  • Alyth Primary School Nursery Class
  • Balhousie Primary School Nursery Class
  • Breadalbane Academy (Primary) Nursery Class
  • City of Perth Early Childhood Centre
  • Community School of Auchterarder Nursery Class
  • Coupar Angus Primary School Nursery Class
  • Crieff Primary School Nursery Class
  • Errol Primary School Nursery Class
  • Goodlyburn Primary School Nursery Class
  • Inchture Primary School Nursery Class
  • Inch View Primary School Nursery Class
  • Kinross Primary School Nursery Class
  • Letham Primary School Nursery Class
  • Methven Primary School Nursery Class
  • Milnathort Primary School Nursery Class
  • Newhill Primary School Nursery Class
  • North Muirton Primary School Nursery Class
  • Oakbank Primary School Nursery Class
  • Pitlochry High School Nursery Class
  • Rattray Primary School Nursery Class
  • St Dominic's RC Primary School Nursery Class
  • St John's RC Academy Nursery Class
  • Stanley Primary School Nursery Class
  • Tulloch Primary School Nursery Class