Nursery, playgroups and childminders

Funded early learning and childcare is available to eligible parents and carers of two-year-olds.

Who can apply?

You can get up to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare (around 16 hours per week during term time) if your child has turned two and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your total household income is less than £16,495*
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your total household income is under £6,420*
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your total household take-home pay** is less than £610* per month

* Income thresholds for Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit can vary from year to year.

** "Take-home pay" is the money your household receives from work after tax, National Insurance and pension contributions have been taken off. Your award letter will tell you how much your take-home pay is for the claim period. This should be £610 or less.

Funded places are also available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:

  • looked after by a local council
  • under a kinship care order
  • under a guardianship order

Settings which offer places for two-year-olds

Arbroath

Friockheim And Kinnell Playgroup

Hayshead Playgroup

Ladybird Playgroup

Muirfield Playgroup

Rosemount Little Rascals

Ladyloan Primary School

Brechin

Edzell Playgroup

Smallworld Nursery

Playspaces Private Nursery

Andover Primary School

Carnoustie

Panmure Preschool

Scallywags Nursery

Burnside Primary School

Forfar

Chimes Playgroup

Jack And Jill’s Elite Nursery

Letham Playgroup

Stepping Stones Playgroup

Strathmore Primary School

Monifieth

Tiddlywinks

Busy Bees Nursery

Montrose

Little Beehive Nursery

Ferryden Playgroup

Lochside Playgroup

Rompers Private Nursery

Kirriemuir

Newtyle And Eassie Playgroup

Sunshine Playschool

Southmuir Primary School

 

If your child is 30 months old and you meet the above criteria places may also be available at:

Arbroath

Abbey Playgroup

Condor Playgroup

Helping Hands Nursery

Inverbrothock Playgroup

Forfar

Mothergoose Playgroup

Kirriemuir

Charleston Playgroup

Monifieth

Grange Playgroup

Montrose

Hillside Playgroup

 

How to apply

Applications for two-year-olds should be completed no earlier than three months before your child's second birthday.

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)

apply for funded early learning and childcare

 

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

A child is entitled to a total of 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare per school year. This usually means around 16 hours a week during term time, throughout the school year.

This can be with:

  • one of our nursery classes
  • a private or voluntary provider who has a contract with Angus Council

Different providers offer different models of hours. Contact your preferred provider to discuss your options.

About nurseries and playgroups

Children up to the age of five can play and learn at nursery or playgroup operated by the council or by a private or voluntary organisation (as long as they have a contract with the council). 

Unlike school, your child doesn't legally have to go to nursery.

Nurseries and playgroups are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate.

Find a nursery or playgroup in your area on the Scottish Family Information Service website.

How to apply

If you are applying for an immediate placement please contact your preferred provider. 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)

If you are applying for a place starting in August 2019 see Childcare for ages 3 and 4 for entry August 2019 below.

Proof of Residence

When completing an application for an early learning and childcare place, you will be asked to provide two forms of proof of residence. These may be in the form of:-

  • Council Tax Letter
  • Job Centre Plus Letter
  • Bank/Building Society Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • Utility Bill (e.g. Electricity, Gas, Telephone)
  • Utility Connection Letter
  • Driving Licence/V5 Vehicle Registration Document
  • Department of Work and Pensions Letter

Acceptance Deadline

Formal acceptance of a nursery place must be made by returning the acceptance slip to the nursery by the date indicated on the notification letter. Failure to do so will result in the need to complete a subsequent application.

Priority categories for early learning and childcare places at local authority nurseries:

Category 1 All children in catchment area of nursery within a date of birth range 01/03/2014– 28/02/2015 (inc. deferrals) for session 2018-19
Category 2 All children in catchment area of nursery within a date of birth range 01/03/2015 – 28/02/2016 for session 2018-19
Category 3 All eligible two-year-olds who turn two after 01/03/2016 for session 2018-19 (This should only be used by settings who provide 2two-year-old places)
Category 4 Outwith catchment area children with siblings already in attendance at this nursery/school
Category 5 All children who live part of the time with a parent who resides within the catchment area of the nursery/school (proof of residence should be sought for this)
Category 6 Angus residents living outwith the catchment area of the nursery
Category 7 All non-Angus residents

In the case of St Thomas’ and St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Primary Schools only, the above priorities apply but within any one category, priority will be given to pupils who have been baptised in the Roman Catholic faith. This will be confirmed by inspection of the Baptismal Certificate.

Children with additional support needs

The placement of children with additional support needs is determined at multi-agency meetings held within timescale for application to nursery.

Recommendations such as placement in a nursery within a specifically resourced school are made based on the additional support needs of the child and the level of support required to best meet the child’s needs.

In the event of a request for an additional support placement where a child has not been assessed, the Head Teacher should consult with Additional Support Needs (ASN) Team.

Allocation of Nursery Places

Whenever possible, we will endeavour to meet parental preferences. 

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

Enrolment for Primary One

Attendance at a nursery outwith your catchment area will not give your child priority for a place at that school when starting P1.

 

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 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare (around 16 hours per week during term time).

If your child turns five between September and February see Delaying entry into primary school.

Your childcare options

Funded childcare can be with:

  • one of our nursery classes
  • a private or voluntary provider who has a contract with Angus Council

Nursery admission dates

Children born between

They will be eligible from these school terms

Applications open

Notification from local authority nurseries by

You must accept by (for local authority only)

24 April 2016 and 31 August 2016

14 August 2019

2 - 26 April 2019

31 May 2019

7 June 2019

1 September 2016 and 21 October 2016

21 October 2019

13 August - 6 September 2019

20 September 2019

27 September 2019

22 October 2016 and 6 January 2017

6 January 2020

21 October – 8 November 2019

22 November 2019

29 November 2019

7 January 2017 and 20 April 2017

20 April 2020

6 – 31 January 2020

28 February 2020

6 March 2020

 

* 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 open period will be considered before those received after the open period.

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 who will be in receipt of funded early learning and childcare, including funded deferrals*
  2. Children placed through Additional Support Needs projections meetings who will be in receipt of funded early learning and childcare
  3. Children who have had their primary school admission deferred* with funding, 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. Deferral* requests not funded, being self-funded by the parent or carer
  7. Children living outwith Angus

* A deferral process exists for when a parent or carer feels that their child would benefit from an additional year of ELC prior to enrolment at primary school. Depending on the age of the child and an assessment of the reasons for the deferral application, a discretionary additional year of ELC funding may be agreed. The outcome of this assessment will help to determine which priority category applies to the child.

If there are still more applications than places we will allocate places within each category by date and time received. This applies to criteria 4 - 7 only.

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

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)

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. 

From April 2019 childminders can offer up to 540 hours of funded early learning and childcare to eligible two year olds. This can be in addition to the 600 hours you may already be receiving from a nursery or playgroup.

About childminders

Childminders:

  • are self-employed
  • work from home
  • provide play and learning experiences for children

Search for registered childminders on the Care Inspectorate website. The Care Inspectorate inspects and regulates childminders.

Who can apply

You can apply if your child has turned two and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your total household income is less than £16,495*
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your total household income is under £6,420*
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your total household take-home pay** is less than £610* per month

* Income thresholds for Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit can vary from year to year.

**  "Take-home pay" is the money your household receives from work after tax, National Insurance and pension contributions have been taken off. Your award letter will tell you how much your take-home pay is for the claim period. This should be £610 or less.

Funded places are also available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:

  • looked after by a local council
  • under a kinship care order
  • under a guardianship order

You can apply even if your child is already receiving funded early learning and childcare in another nursery or playgroup.

To apply:

1. Contact the childminder of your choice.

2. Make sure that they have space for your child and that you are happy to use their service.

3. Check they will apply to us for approval to enter into a contract for funded early learning and childcare. They must apply for approval if they don't already have it. 

4. Email EYExpProg@angus.gov.uk with your name, phone number and e-mail address. We will get back to you about what happens next.

Rules and exceptions

Two-year-olds who get up to 540 hours of early learning and childcare (ELC) with a childminder can also access the standard 600 hours of funded ELC with a playgroup or nursery. This would bring their total hours to 1140 on a shared care basis.

The child can continue to receive up to 540 funded hours with their childminder when they turn three. They must also access their standard 600 hours entitlement with another setting.

Childminders can provide a maximum of 540 hours of funded ELC to eligible two-year-olds. We will make an exception if it is in the best interests of the child to access 1140 hours in one setting. An example would be a child with complex additional support needs that only a childminder could accommodate. We will review this on a case by case basis.

We have a duty to ensure our existing private and voluntary partners are not affected by this trial. Parents who buy extra hours with private or voluntary providers must not end these arrangements in favour of this trial.

The minimum number of funded hours used in any one session is 2.5.

The maximum number of funded hours with a childminder in a week is 15.

The service covers a minimum of 36 weeks per year. These don't have to be consecutive.