Early Learning and Childcare

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 Early Learning and Childcare


The number of hours of free Early Learning and Childcare for children aged three and four is up to 16 hours a week.  Some two year olds will also receive this full entitlement.

Children born between 1st March 2014 and 28th February 2015 are eligible for free early learning and childcare from August 2017.

Registration for Early Learning and Childcare for academic year 2017/2018 will take place during week commencing Monday 20th February 2017

To register your child, go along to your preferred nursery to find out further information and to 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 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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