Early learning and childcare: ages three and four

All children are eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from the first available enrolment date after their third birthday.

You can get up to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

You do not need to use all of these hours however, if you wish to access your entitlement in an Angus Council ELC setting then your child needs to be enrolled for a minimum of two sessions per week.

If your child turns five between mid-August and February see accessing an additional year of funded ELC.

Your childcare options

Funded childcare can be with:

  • one of our ELC settings
  • a private or voluntary provider who has a contract with Angus Council
  • a childminder who has a contract with Angus Council

Admission dates

Applications for each intake date should be submitted during the 'Applications open' period.

We will not accept applications submitted before these dates.

Applications submitted during the 'applications open' period will be considered before those submitted after the period has ended.

A private or voluntary provider or childminder who has a contract with Angus Council may operate a different admissions policy. Contact your preferred provider for more information.

Children born between

They will be eligible from these school terms

Applications open

Notification from local authority ELC settings issued on

You must accept by (for local authority only)

20 April 2019 and 31 August 2019

16 August 2022

30 March - 22 April 2022

20 May 2022

27 May 2022

1 September 2019 and 17 October 2019

17 October 2022

17 August - 2 September 2022

16 September 2022

23 September 2022

18 October 2019 and 9 January 2020

9 January 2023

19 October – 11 November 2022

25 November 2022

5 December 2022

10 January 2020 and 17 April 2020

17 April 2023

11 – 27 January 2023

10 February 2023

21 February 2023


Allocating places (for local authority settings only)

We will always try to meet your preference, but there may be more applications than places at one of our settings. In this case, we allocate places according to the following criteria:

  1. Existing children remaining in the setting
  2. Children placed through Additional Support Needs projections meetings who will be in receipt of funded early learning and childcare
  3. Children who are accessing an additional year of funded ELC, who are not currently attending a setting in their catchment primary school, requesting the additional funded year of early learning and childcare within their catchment primary school
  4. Children who will be in receipt of funded early learning and childcare with siblings already in attendance within the setting or school
  5. All other children who reside in Angus who will be in receipt of funded early learning and childcare
  6. Children living outwith Angus

If there are still more applications than places, we will allocate places within each category by date and time received.

Your first choice ELC setting will consider all applications for places and notification will be issued as per the dates above.

If your child is not given a place, your application will be moved to your second choice and so on after the notification date. However, places will have already been allocated and your preferred sessions may not be available.

Applying for an immediate start

If you are moving home and need to move your child from one ELC setting to another as a result, you don’t have to wait until the next intake date to apply. You can immediately apply for a place at a different setting, with a start date to be agreed between you and the setting if they have a suitable place.

You don’t have to wait until you’ve moved to apply, but you will be asked to provide evidence of the move and evidence of your child’s place at another ELC setting.

Please keep in mind that you may be asked to observe a notice period before moving your child from one ELC setting to another, so early discussions with both settings will make this process easier.

In very exceptional circumstances, we may be able to consider other reasons for immediate moves from one ELC setting to another. If you would like to discuss an immediate start for an exceptional reason other than moving home, please contact us.

How to apply

You will need:

  • details from your child's full birth certificate or passport
  • contact information for one or more emergency contacts
  • contact details of professionals involved with your child (such as GP, health visitor, speech therapist)

When applying for a funded early learning and childcare place you will be asked to upload copies of the following documents:

  • your child’s full birth certificate or passport
  • proof of address

The following are suitable proofs of address and where possible should be dated within the past three months:

  • Council Tax letter
  • bank/building statement
  • credit card statement
  • utility bill (electricity, gas, phone)
  • utility connection letter
  • driving licence or V5 vehicle registration document
  • social work letter
  • Child Maintenance Service letter
  • Department of Work and Pensions letter
  • HMRC letter

Apply for funded early learning and childcare

Applying for primary one

Attendance at any local authority setting will not give your child priority for a place at that school when starting primary one unless it is the setting of your primary catchment school.

Additional support needs

If your child has additional support needs you can tell us about this on the online application form. Decisions about these placements are made at multi-agency meetings.