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Free nursery and childcare places for two year olds

Who is eligible for free early learning and childcare places for two year olds, when your child becomes eligible for a place, how to apply.

Who can get free nursery and childcare places for two year olds

You can see if your child is eligible for funded childcare on the Scottish Government website.


When your child is eligible for a free place

Children aged two are eligible to take up their funded place from the term after their birthday or from the term after their parents start receiving qualifying benefit:

  • Term 1 - children born March to August will be eligible from August term that year.
  • Term 2 - children born September to December will be eligible from January following their birthday.
  • Term 3 - children born January and February will be eligible from April following their birthday.

Once a child becomes eligible to take up their early learning and childcare place, they stay entitled to a place even if their parent's circumstances change.


Where you can apply for a place

You can apply for a place at a


Apply online for a nursery place

When you apply, you'll need to show:

  • proof of your address,
  • your child's date of birth and
  • the benefits you get.

Apply online

For parents and carers without internet access, you can call your preferred nursery and speak to a member of staff who will help you complete the form. You will need to send in your documents to the nursery by post. We recommend recorded delivery for added security.