Nursery, playgroups, childminders and childcare

Children who turn two years old during the current school session may be entitled to 600 hours of early learning and childcare per school year. This usually means 16 hours a week during term time, throughout the school year.

Admission Criteria

Parents, carers or guardians of children who will be two years old at any point during the school session are eligible for the increased childcare provision if they meet the current criteria for free school meals. This includes two-year-olds who have a parent(s) or carer on:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
  • any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit and your income is less than £16,105*
  • both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420 *
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your household take-home pay, is £610* a month or less

* The income thresholds for Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit can vary annually.

"Take-home pay" is the money your household receives from work after tax, National Insurance and any 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.

Additionally, free early learning and childcare is available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:

  • looked after by a local council
  • the subject of a kinship care order
  • the subject of a guardianship order

Childcare options

This can be with one of our nursery classes or with a private or voluntary provider or childminder who is in partnership with us.

Different models of hours are offered by different providers and you should contact the head teacher/manager of your preferred provider to discuss how you wish to use these hours and what is available.

Nurseries and playgroups

Children up to the age of five can play and learn at nursery or playgroup. These could be voluntary, private or council run.

Unlike school, your child doesn't legally have to go to nursery or any kind of pre-school.

Nurseries are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate. Nurseries and playgroups with places for two year olds are listed below.

Childminders

Childminders look after children in their own home. They are self-employed so set their own charges and hours of business. They are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate.

Find local childminders using the Scottish Family Information Service website.

How to apply

Please take completed application forms to the Head Teacher / Manager of the preferred service who will advise of the sessions available.

Download an application form

Current provision

Provision for two-year-olds is currently available at the centres listed below:

Arbroath Friockheim and Kinnell PG
Hayshead PG
Ladybird PG
Muirfield PG
Rosemount Little Rascals
Ladyloan Primary School
Brechin Edzell PG
Smallworld Nursery
Playspaces Private Nursery
Andover Primary School
Carnoustie Panmure Preschool
Scallywags Nursery
Burnside Primary School
Forfar

Chimes PG
Jack and Jill’s Elite Nursery
Letham PG
Strathmore Primary School
Stepping Stones PG

Monifieth Tiddlywinks
Busy Bees Nursery
Montrose Little Beehive Nursery
Ferryden PG
First Steps Nursery
Lochside PG
Rompers Private Nursery
Kirriemuir Newtyle and Eassie PG
Sunshine Playschool
Southmuir Primary School

Changes will be updated at the end of each calendar month (Playgroups denoted by PG)

If your child is 30 months old and meets the admission criteria above the option of an early learning and childcare place is also available at:

Arbroath

Abbey PG
Condor PG
Helping Hands Nursery
Inverbrothock PG

Forfar Mothergoose PG
Kirriemuir Charleston PG
Monifieth Grange PG
Montrose Hillside PG

All arrangements for starting a placement MUST be agreed with the manager of your preferred choice.

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 early learning and childcare per school year. This usually means 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

Different providers offer different models of hours. Contact the head teacher/manager of 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. These could be voluntary, private or council run.

Unlike school, your child doesn't legally have to go to nursery or any kind of pre-school.

Nurseries are 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

Return the completed application form with proof of residence to the Head Teacher/Manager of your preferred service who will advise of the sessions available

Download an application form

Proof of Residence

When completing an application for an Early Learning & Childcare place, you will be asked to provide 2 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.

Notes:

From August 2018 admission dates for three and four-year-olds will be:

Children born between*

NB any child born before 17 April 2015 is also eligible to start

Eligible to start nursery Application deadline for local authority nurseries Notification from local authority nurseries by Parent/carer acceptance of place by
17 April 2015 and 31 August 2015 Start of autumn term (Tuesday 14 August 2018) 20 April 2018 25 May 2018 8 June 2018
1 September 2015 and 15 October 2015 Start of winter term (Monday 15 October 2018) 31 August 2018 14 September 2018 28 September 2018
16 October 2015 and 7 January 2016 Start of spring term (Monday 7 January 2019) 2 November 2018 23 November 2018 7 December 2018
8 January 2016 and 23 April 2016 Start of summer term (Tuesday 23 April 2019) 8 February 2019 1 March 2019 15 March 2019

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.

*In subsequent years the year of birth will increase incrementally to reflect the age range respectively in each category.

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. However, if requests exceed the number of places available then the single criterion of age within each category will be used (with priority being given to the oldest).

If your child is not given a place at your first choice nursery, your application will be moved to 2nd choice and so on. However places will have already been allocated and your preferred sessions may not be available.

Entitlement is to receive up to 600 hours of a funded early learning and childcare place which may be within any Private and Voluntary Provider in partnership within Angus Council or Local Authority Nursery where places are 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.

After school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs

Out of school services offer a safe and stimulating space for school-age children before or after school hours, or during holidays.

 

They must be registered with the Care Inspectorate if they run for more than two hours a day and more than six days per year.

 

Find an out of school service near you by searching the 'out of school care' category on The Scottish Family Information Service website.

 

Angus Extra offers a range of extra-curricular activities for secondary school pupils on Friday afternoons.

Childminders

Childminders look after children in their own home. They are self-employed so set their own charges and hours of business. They are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate.

Find local childminders using the Scottish Childminding Association website.

Babysitters

The law doesn't specify a minimum age for babysitters but if you ask someone under the age of 16 to babysit, you are held responsible if your child comes to any harm.

You should also check the rules about the hours that children under 16 can work.