Early Learning and Childcare

 Find an ELC provider near you (this will take you to the Scottish Families website).

 Early Learning and Childcare


The number of hours of free Early Learning and Childcare for children aged three and four is up to 600 hours per year.  Some two year olds will also receive this full entitlement.

Children born between 1st March 2015 and 28th February 2016 are eligible for free early learning and childcare from August 2018.

To register your child, go along to your preferred ELC Provider, pick up a registration pack and fill in an application form (please bring your child's birth certificate when registering).

 For more information, contact the Early Years Helpline on 01369 708503/708517 or by email at earlyyears@argyll-bute.gov.uk


If you have a complaint about your child’s Early Learning and Childcare talk it over with the Head Teacher, Manager or Childminder. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction then contact the Early Years Team on 01369 704000 and they will discuss the matter with you, advise you on your options and if appropriate, where you should direct your complaint.

Additional support for families

Find local parenting and family activities, support and childcare vouchers.

Argyll and Bute Early Years Service

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