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 get priority places.

Nursery and childcare places for three and four-year olds

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

When your child can start nursery school
If their third birthday is inThey can start in 
March, April, May, June, July or August 2024August 2024
September 2024October 2024
October 2024November 2024
November 2024December 2024
December 2024January 2025
January 2025February 2025
February 2025March 2025

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How many free nursery or childcare hours you can get


Nursery and childcare places for two-year olds

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

  • they are or have been looked after by a council, subject to a supervision  order, in kinship or foster care or with an appointed guardian
  • they are the child of a care experienced parent
  • their household gets a qualifying benefit as specified within the Scottish Government website.

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

How many free nursery or childcare hours you can get

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.

When your child can start nursery school
If their birthday is betweenThey can start in
1 March and 31 August 2024August 2024
1 September and 31 December 2024January 2025
1 January and last day February 2025March or April 2025

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Nursery and childcare places 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 nursery 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 [125KB] .

Some private and voluntary nurseries and childminders may provide place for children aged two or under. Contact the individual nurseries or childminders to see what they offer.