600 hours of funded early learning and childcare for 3-5 year olds

All 3-5 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds, across Scotland are entitled to 600 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare.

You are entitled to apply to any local authority managed nursery and / or partner provider centre for your 3-5 year old child's funded early learning and childcare place.


Children born betweenEligible to start nursery
1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015w/c 7 January 2019
1 January 2016 and 29 February 2016w/c 15 April 2019
1 March 2016 and 31 August 2016Start of school session (August 2019)
1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016**After Christmas break (w/c 6 January 2020)
1 January 2017 and 28 February 2017After Easter break (w/c 20 April 2020)

*Please note that children born on or between 1 September 2016 and 31 October 2016 may access a local authority place week beginning 21 October 2019 provided staffing resources are available.

Registering for a nursery place

Children who are eligible to start nursery in August 2019 can apply for a nursery place at local authority nurseries from 21 January 2019 and initially will close on 15 February 2019.  A notice will be placed in the local press detailing the relevant dates for nursery registration, week commencing 7 January 2019.  However, you can apply for a nursery place throughout the school year. 

We have 47 nursery classes, one stand-alone nursery and 36 partner provider centres.

Information regarding the allocation of all nursery places within Perth and Kinross is contained within our icon Nursery Policy & Guidelines 2019-20 [419Kb].

Deferred entry

Parents / carers whose will be 5 years of age between the start of the school session in August and the last day of December 2019 and who are looking to icon defer [286Kb] their child, must complete an application form, please see your child's nursery for further information.

Children who will be 5 years of age between 1 January and 28 February 2020 whose parents have decided to icon defer entry [286Kb] to primary school are eligible to register for a place at nursery schools and classes managed by or in partnership with Education & Children's Services.

Evidence to provide at registration

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of your residency at the time of application - this must be a copy of Council Tax documentation

Please note: A place in a local authority nursery class does not give priority in gaining a place in the same school when enrolling for a primary school place.

Further information

For further information you should contact your local school or partner provider.