Pre-school applications

Aberdeenshire Council is reminding parents and carers of pre-school children about application packs for nursery classes.

These are for council and approved independent playgroups as well as private day nurseries, and, will be available from Monday January 13.

Every child in Aberdeenshire is currently entitled to five free education sessions per week in 2.5hr blocks during term time. This applies from the term after their third birthday.

There are three admission periods for pre-school children to local authority run nurseries which are August 2014 for children who will be aged three by August 31, 2014, January 2015 for children who will be aged three by December 31, 2014, and April 2015 for children who will be aged three by February 28, 2015.

Parents are asked to submit application forms by no later than Friday, January 24, for those children wishing to access local authority nurseries.

Those wishing to access places at approved independent playgroups and private day nurseries should submit ann application form directly to their choice of approved pre-school provider. This can be submitted at any point during the year.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “Aberdeenshire supports a range of early years places which allows parents to select the best place for their child to get the very best start in life. The council website provides a lot of information for parents.”

For application forms and more information on the application process, please visit: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/parentscarers/pre_school.