Renfrewshire Council

Who can get free nursery places or childcare

Nursery or childcare for three and four-year olds, two year olds and children aged up to two years old. who gets priority for places.

Nursery or childcare for three and four-year olds

All children aged three and four can get free nursery places or childcare funded by the Scottish Government. 

When your child starts depends on when their third birthday is during the year.

If their third birthday is inThey can start in 
March, April, May, June, July or August 2021August 2021
September 2021October 2021
October 2021November 2021
November 2021December 2021
December 2021January 2022
January 2022February 2022
February 2022March 2022

Apply for a free nursery place or childcare

Nursery or childcare for two-year olds

Two-year old children can get free nursery places or childcare if:

  • they are looked after 
  • under a kinship care order
  • with a parent appointed guardian at any time since their second birthday
  • they are the child of a parent who is or has been previously looked after, in foster care or in kinship care
  • their household gets a qualifying benefit.

You can find out who can get funded nursery or childcare places for two year olds on the Scottish Government website. 

If your child is eligible for a free nursery place or childcare, they can start nursery or childcare at the beginning of one of the school terms.

Which term your child will start depends on when their birthday is during the year.

If their birthday is betweenThey can start in
1 March and 31 August 2021August 2021
1 September and 31 December 2021 January 2022
1 January and last day February 2022March or April 2022


Apply for a free nursery place or childcare


Nursery or childcare for children aged 0 to 2 years

There are some nursery places or childcare available for children aged 0 to 2 years, however, they are not entitled to free early learning and childcare hours.

These placements are limited and prioritised for children who meet certain criteria, as outlined in our early learning and childcare admissions policy [92KB] . You should speak to your local nursery to find out if a place is available.