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 on or between the day after the school commencement date and the last day of 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 betweenThey will be eligible from these school termsApplications openNotification from local authority ELC settings issued onYou must accept by (for local authority only)
18 April 2020 and 31 August 202015 August 202327 March – 21 April 202312 May 202319 May 2023
1 September 2020 and 16 October 202016 October 202314 – 25 August 20238 September 202315 September 2023
17 October 2020 and 8 January 20218 January 202416 October – 3 November 202317 November 202324 November 2023
9 January 2021 and 15 April 202115 April 20248 – 26 January 20249 February 202420 February 2024

Application open dates for school session 2024 – 2025 will be published on 4 March 2024.


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 of application.

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 to another locality in Angus and need to move your child from one ELC setting to another as a result, you do not have to wait until the next intake date to apply. You can immediately apply for a place at a different setting and if a suitable place is available, staff will agree a start date with you.

You do not 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 will 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 for children in receipt of funded early learning and childcare, 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 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.