Apply for a School ELC/Nursery place 2022/2023

Early Learning and Childcare Application Process

Parents/carers can apply for a local authority school Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)/nursery place online. The application period is from 12 noon on 17 January 2022 to 4 February 2022. 

Before you apply please read the ‘Early Learning and Childcare Guide: 1140 Hours 2022 -2023’ guide below.  

Parents/carers will need to apply for all children including those who have applied in previous years with a child/children continuing at their local authority school Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)/nursery setting (continuers).  

How to apply

To apply for a funded ELC place in a local authority ELC/nursery setting, parents/carers must complete the online application during the application period.  

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A guide to completing the ELC/Nursery Place applications

This process is for local authority school ELC/nursery applications only. 

If you wish your child to attend a funded provider ELC setting (childminder, playgroup or private nursery) applications should be made directly to that provider. 

When applying online for a place in a local authority school ELC/nursery setting you will need to provide us with evidence of your child’s birth certificate and evidence of where you live. This can be uploaded onto the online form when you apply. We will accept photographs of documents as long as we can see the whole document clearly. 

When to apply

From 12 noon on the 17th January 2022 onwards - parents/carers will be able to access the online form from the Aberdeen City Council website. The application period is from 12 noon on the 17th January to 4th February 2022. 

Parents/carers will need to apply for all children, including those who have applied in previous years with a child/children to continue at their local authority ELC/nursery setting. 

Please note that nursery places at local authority ELC/nursery settings will not be renewed automatically. 

Applying for a place – what you need to know

Before you apply for an ELC/nursery place at a local authority school please note the following:

Continuers 

ELC/nursery places at local authority ELC/nursery settings will not be renewed automatically. It is important that parents/carers re-apply if their child wants to continue in the school ELC/nursery setting they are currently attending. 

Under the current admissions criteria children who move into their pre-school year are referred to as ‘continuers’ and their applications are given greater priority. However, a child is only considered to be a ‘continuer’ for the school ELC/nursery setting they are currently attending.   

If a parent wishes to change the school ELC/nursery setting their child is attending in their pre-school year then they are no longer classed as a ‘continuer’.  

In this instance, we would advise parents to apply for their current school ELC/nursery setting as a 2nd or 3rd choice to ensure their child receives a place. In the online application form parents/carer will be asked to list 1st, 2nd, 3rd preferred ELC/nursery choice.

Blended Placements

Aberdeen City Council want to deliver ELC that is flexible and offers choice to families. Parents/carers will have the choice and flexibility to split their funded hours between up to two different settings (including a childminder). This is referred to as a blended model.

The online form will allow you to indicate if you wish to use a blended place.

Deferred entry

From August 2022, Aberdeen City Council will be one of the local authorities offering an additional year of funded ELC as part of a Scottish Government pilot initiative, prior to it becoming a universal right from August 2023. 

Previously, only children with a fifth birthday between January and February were automatically entitled to an additional year of funded ELC if entry to Primary One was deferred. 

However, from August 2022, children who are resident in Aberdeen City, and whose fifth birthday falls between 22nd August 2022 and the end of February 2023, will be automatically entitled to an additional year of funded ELC.  No application for deferral will be necessary, however, as we are part of the pilot, we will be required to gather data to share with the Scottish Government.  

If a child attends an Aberdeen City ELC setting and is not an Aberdeen City resident you should refer to their local authority’s deferred entry policy. You must apply to the local authority in which you are a resident for them to make the decision regarding the funding of an additional year of ELC. Find out more about delayed entry to primary one in Aberdeenshire

To note, parents can indicate on the online application form that they have requested a deferred placement. The decision to apply for a deferred place should be a joint decision between parents and staff at the school.

ELC options:

Our ELC guide outlines any Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and all models. 

The ELC guide will be uploaded by Monday 17th January 2022 outlining any FAQs and all models available. 

Outdoor Nurseries

Aberdeen City will now have two outdoor nurseries at Duthie Park and Hazlehead Park. 

Both will have an outdoor focus in their education and provision, but each will offer unique and varied experiences for children, families, staff and wider communities. 

For an insight into the world of an outdoor nursery through the eyes and experiences of children and families, please see the information poster and video links below:

Outdoor ELC for children; what do children think of their outdoor nursery? 
Outdoor ELC for parents; why do parents choose an outdoor nursery experience for their child?

For more information on outdoor ELC please contact the Outdoor Nurseries team: outdoornurseries@aberdeencity.gov.uk 

Gaelic Medium Education

Gaelic Medium Education is free, Council run bilingual education option. 

Gaelic medium education at nursery, Sgoil-Araich, is an option at Gilcomstoun School / Bun-sgoil Gilcomstoun.

You do not have to be a Gaelic Speaker to send your child to Gaelic medium education. 

More information can be found on  Gilcomstoun School Sgoil Gilcomstoun or please contact gilcomstoun@aberdeencity.gov.uk

If you wish to apply for an ELC/nursery place please complete the online application form. 

Early Learning and Childcare in Aberdeen 

Aberdeen City Council is committed to offering high quality ELC to all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds. Early Learning and Childcare is about learning and development through play, exploring and most importantly – having fun!

What has changed?

From August 2021 the Scottish Government increased the number of funded hours your child can access from 600 to 1140, you can also use your funded hours in a more flexible way.

The increase to 1140 hours means around 30 hours per week during school term time or around 22 hours if taken through the year.  It is important to emphasise that parents/carers do not have to use the full entitlement of 1140 hours.

Where can I access ELC hours?

Any provider who meets the new National Standard and who has a contract with Aberdeen City Council can offer funded hours.  Hours can be offered at:

  • Local Authority ELC/Nursery Settings
  • Private ELC/Nursery Settings
  • Childminders
  • Playgroups
  • Gaelic Provision
  • Outdoor Provision

The biggest change is the way you can use your funded hours – there is now much more flexibility.  Your child may be able to access:

  • Full days
  • Part days
  • Term time
  • Up to 50 weeks per year (depending on which provider you choose)
  • Split placements or a combination of more than one provider (for example a private nursery and childminder)

When does my child become entitled to 1140 hours? 

Early Learning and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Your child is eligible for an ELC place if his/her birthday is between the following dates:

1 March 2019 to 28 February 2020 – Ante-Pre-School Year

1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019 – Pre-school Year

Children are entitled to an ELC place in the school term following their third birthday. Children in their immediate pre-school year are entitled to a whole year of ELC. 

Children who are turning 3 are entitled to an ELC place for the following number of terms if their birthday falls within the following dates:

Child’s Date of Birth
ELC Entitlement
Duration
1 March 2019 to 31 August 2019
Three terms
From Term 1 August to December
1 September 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Two terms
From Term 2 January to March
1 Jan 2020 to 28 Feb 2020
One term
From Term 3 April to July

Early Learning and Childcare for 2-year olds

Eligible 2-year old children are entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded ELC. This is from the term after their 2nd birthday until the term after their 3rd birthday when they are entitled to universal ELC.

Children age 2 are eligible for 1140 hours if their family is in receipt of one of the following benefits and allowances:

  • Income support
  • Job Seekers 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 of £16,480 or less
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and income of £7,500 or less
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with household take-home pay of £610 a month or less (equivalent to £7,320 annual income) 

Or if the child is age 2 or over and is or, since they turned 2 has been (in terms of legal status):

  • Looked After by a local council
  • The subject of a Kinship Care Order; or
  • The subject of a Guardianship Order; or
  • Has a care experienced parent. 

Early Learning and Childcare for Children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) 

For more information please consult page 11 of the ELC Admissions Policy 2022 below: 

How to apply for an early learning and childcare place

Local authority nurseries

To apply for a funded place in a local authority ELC/nursery setting, parents/carers will be asked to complete an online application, which will go live on 12 noon on the 17th January 2022.  

Parents/carers will no longer submit paper application forms to their preferred school ELC/nursery setting and instead complete an online application. You can choose up to 3 settings in order of preference.

This process is for local authority school ELC/nursery applications only. 

When applying online for a place in a local authority school ELC/nursery setting you will need to provide us with evidence of your child’s birth certificate and evidence of where you live. This can be uploaded onto the online form when you apply. We will accept photographs of documents as long as we can see the whole document clearly. 

If you wish your child to attend a funded provider (childminder, playgroup or private nursery) application should be made directly to that provider. 

Funded providers

Applications for a place in a Funded Provider ELC setting can be made directly to your chosen provider. 

Funded Providers are private nurseries, playgroups and registered childminders, who are in partnership with the local authority, to deliver the expanded funded hours. 

Contact your chosen Funded Provider to discuss if places are available. Each setting will offer a different model of provision and we encourage all parents/carers to check with their providers and look at the options in their area.

Details of all funded ELC settings, who are registered with Aberdeen City Council to provide ELC, can be found at the back of the ELC guide.

All Funded Providers meet the National Standard and deliver high quality learning and childcare. 

The Family Information Service website contains comprehensive and up to date information of all ELC Providers: childminders, private nursery settings and playgroups. 

Split funded Hours 

Parents/carers also have the choice and flexibility to split their funded hours between up to two different settings (including a childminder). This is referred to as a blended model. If you want to split funded hours please check with your preferred provider at the time of application to ensure they can accommodate you. 

You can split your hours between a Local Authority ELC setting and a Funded Provider or Funded Childminder.

It is your responsibility to find a Funded Provider or Childminder and agree a place with them.  

Please be aware that any hours taken at a local authority setting will be deducted from your entitlement at a Funded Provider or Childminder.  To access a list of Childminders please email FIS@aberdeencity.gov.uk. 

Some of our local authority ELC settings will continue to offer 600 hours. If you wish to attend any of these settings and access your funded hours, you have the option to do a blended provision (as described above).  

Please indicate on your application form how you wish to split your funded hours. 

Contact

If you need more information, please contact the Early Years Team on 01224 764654 or email: eyadmissions@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information please visit: Frequently Asked Questions: Apply for a nursery school place 2022/23

 

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