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Entitlement

All 3 and 4 year olds in Scotland have a statutory entitlement to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

In Falkirk's establishments, the funded 1140 hours is delivered either as 30 hours per week over term-time or 23.5 hours per week over an extended year.

Some 2 year olds are also eligible for 1140 hours.


Allocation of places

Places are allocated according to Falkirk Council's Early Learning and Childcare Admissions Policy. You can view the full policy below:

Early Learning and Childcare Admission Policy

You may wish to look at the frequently asked questions and key dates and deadlines before applying.


Applying for your child's place

Falkirk Council establishments

We are now accepting applications for session 2022/23.

If your child turns 3 between 01 March 2022 and 28 February 2023 you should apply using the online application below.

The online application form will be available from 01 December 2021 to 28 February 2022.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2022. Any applications received after this date will not be considered until the second round of admissions, usually in May.

Please note, if your child is already receiving funded early learning and childcare at a Falkirk Council setting, you will be contacted separately.

A full list of Council establishments and the 1140 hours options available can be viewed on our ELC establishments page.

Childminders

We work in partnership with a number of local childminders for the delivery of funded early learning and childcare.

Funded early learning and childcare is only available at childminders who are in partnership with Falkirk Council. Parents/carers should check with their preferred childminder as to whether they are a current partner provider.

If the childminder is a partner provider and they have confirmed availability, a 'Funding Form' will be submitted by your Childminder to arrange funding.

Private nurseries

We work in partnership with a number of local private providers for the delivery of funded early learning and childcare.

Parents/carers should apply directly to the private provider. When the place is confirmed by the provider, you will then be provided with a 'Funding Form' which should be sent to us to arrange funding.


Key dates and deadlines

  • 1st December to last day in February

    Application window for all new applications for 3 year olds.

  • Last day in February

    Application window closes.

    Remember - You can still apply after this date but your application won't be dealt with until all allocations are complete.

  • Mid-April

    We will notify you of your allocated place.

  • 30th April

    Deadline to let us know if you want to decline your allocated place.

  • Month of May

    Processing of late applications.

  • Month of June

    You will be contacted by your child's ELC setting with further details of start date, transition arrangements and to discuss any *additional childcare requests (*ELC centres only).


Financial support

As a parent/carer of a young child, you may be eligible for additional financial support:

The new Scottish Child Payment (£40 every 4 weeks for eligible children under 6 years of age) opened on 15 February 2021.

The Best Start Grant is available to families:

  • if your child is the right age for a payment.
  • whether you're in work or not, as long as you're on certain payments or benefits.
  • as long as you're the parent of a child, or the main person looking after the child.