Renfrewshire Council

Free Early Learning and Childcare Places for Two Year Olds

Free early learning and childcare places are available for eligible two year olds who live in Renfrewshire.

Children who are eligible will be offered 15 hours and 50 minutes of free nursery care each week. This usually means five mornings or five afternoons a week during the school year, but some flexible places may be available.

Who can get the free nursery places?

To see if your childcare is eligible, please click on the eligibility link on the related links section.

When does your child become eligible for a free nursery place?

Children aged two are eligible to take up their funded place from the term after their birthday or from the term after their parents start receiving qualifying benefit:

  • Term 1 - children born March to August will be eligible from August term that year.
  • Term 2 - children born September to December will be eligible from January following their birthday.
  • Term 3 - children born January and February will be eligible from April following their birthday.

Once a child becomes eligible to take up their nursery place, they stay entitled to a place even if their parent's circumstances change.

Where can I apply for a place

Provision for two-year-olds is available at local authority early learning and childcare classes and centres. If you click on the nursery name in related articles it will take you to a page giving more information about the nursery, such as opening times, the age range of children and where available, the nursery's website.

How to apply

Applications forms are available from Renfrewshire Council nurseries or nurseries which provide early learning and childcare for Renfrewshire Council or you can also download a form from the related documents. You will need to show the nursery proof of your address, your child's date of birth and the benefits you get when you apply.

Contact Renfrewshire Family Information Service for more information.

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