Early Learning and Childcare

 Find an ELC provider near you

 Find all childcare providers in Argyll and Bute (this will take you to the Scottish Families website).

Early Learning and Childcare Providers

Early learning and childcare establishments - our partner providers

Early learning and childcare establishments - located in primary schools

Register your child for Early Learning and Childcare

Find your local ELC Funded Provider

Other childcare options include

Playgroups - Playgroups are available for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

Creches - Creches are available for children aged 0-6months to 5 years old.

Childminders - Childminders look after children in their own homes. Some of these are private businesses and others run in partnership with the local authority.

Out of school care - These are centres that provide additional hours, such as after work and during school holidays.

Contact Us

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


 Early Learning and Childcare


The number of funded hours of Early Learning and Childcare for children aged three and four is up to 1140 hours per year in some areas.  Some two year olds will also receive this full entitlement.

Children born between 1st March 2017 and 28th February 2018 are eligible for funded early learning and childcare from August 2020 until June 2021 depending on the date of their third birthday. 

Find out more about registering your child for nursery here


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.

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