600 hours of funded 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.

Eligible two year olds across Scotland are entitled to 600 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare in a number of local authority and partner provider nurseries. Two year old provision is available in a number of local authority and funded provider settings across Perth and Kinross.

This is available to families meeting the criteria outlined below.

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 £7,320
  • 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 where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610
  • 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.

The roll out of early learning and childcare expansion is being phased in. Please see 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare for 3-5 year olds for more information and to see if your local nursery is providing this service and when this will take place.

How to apply for a nursery place

Download the icon Strong Start 2019-20 Application Form [694Kb] 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.

Local Authority Nurseries offering places for 2 year olds

  • Alyth Primary School Nursery Class
  • Balhousie Primary School Nursery Class
  • Blair Atholl 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
  • Kinloch Rannoch Primary School Nursery Class
  • Kinross Primary School Nursery Class
  • Kirkmichael Primary School Nursery Class
  • Letham Primary School Nursery Class
  • Methven Primary School Nursery Class
  • Milnathort Primary School Nursery Class
  • Murthly 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

Partner Providers offering places for 2 year olds

  • Honeypot Nursery, Scone
  • Humpty Dumpty Community Nursery, Scone
  • Little Steps, Bankfoot
  • Puddleduck Nursery, Dunkeld