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Applications open for new early learning places

By David Porter

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Online application forms to apply for funded early learning and childcare places in Aberdeenshire are now open.

Applications are now open for early year's places in Aberdeenshire.
Applications are now open for early year's places in Aberdeenshire.

The online applications process will be open from Monday 20 to Friday, January 31.

From August 2020, all children aged three and four will be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year, from the term after their third birthday.

This equates to up to 30 hours per week during term-time or less if spread across the year.

Children who are aged three by August 31 will be eligible for a funded place in August 2020, children who are three by December 31 will be eligible from January 2021, and children who are three by February 28, 2021 will be eligible for funding from April 2021.

Parents/carers can choose whether these hours are accessed in a local authority nursery or within a playgroup or private day nursery or with a childminder, commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council.

All of the partner providers have been able to access the extended early learning and childcare hours alongside a number of school nursery settings since April 2019 but if your child continues to be eligible for the next academic session (from August) you must re-apply.

More information and the online application form are available at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/childcare-and-early-learning/

This will include information about the operating hours of school nursery settings.

If you are applying for a place with a funded partner provider, please discuss with them what is on offer first.

Parents and carers of eligible two-year-olds, whose date of birth falls between 01.03.18 - 28.02.2019, should also apply during the admissions period.

More information is available from the above link.

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