Early learning and childcare in Aberdeenshire

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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.”

In Aberdeenshire, a variety of settings are available, including council nursery classes, approved playgroups and 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 until next Friday,

March 6.

There are three intake periods running up to spring 2016: August 2015 for children who will be three by August 31, January 2016 for children who will be three by December 31 and April 2016 for children who will be three by February 29, 2016.

The application pack ‘Applying for Early Learning and Childcare for Your Child: Session 2015-16’ can be found at all settings and online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/parentscarers/earlylearningandchildcare

Parents or carers of two year-olds who are looked after and accommodated, or who are under a kinship or guardianship order, could be eligible for up to 600 hours of childcare, as are those in receipt of benefits such as Job Seekers’ Allowance.

Applications for eligible two year-olds are managed by the early years team, contact 01224 664026.