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Details of admissions to our early learning and childcare centres.

Our early learning and childcare centres accept children using the following requirements.

Increases in childcare provision

The Children and Young People Act 2014 increased the number of hours of free early learning and childcare (ELC) for all 3 and 4 year olds from 475 to 600 hours per year. In addition, a number of 2 year olds are now also entitled to free ELC.

WDC has responded to this new legislation and all centres now offer 600 hours of ELC for 3 and 4 year olds children. In addition, the council has expanded the number of places for eligible 2 year olds in line with the new duties.

Age 0-3 years

We will admit your child automatically if:

  • child protection is an issue

Your child is made a priority if they are referred by social work / Psychological Services / health professionals as a child 'in need'. This means that a child needs childcare because:

  • otherwise their health and development will not progress as expected
  • of health reasons
  • your child is disabled or another member of your family is disabled
  • your family is under stress

We may give your child a funded place if you are a lone parent in training (under certain conditions).  

You may get a place if you are a lone parent in employment (under certain conditions) or you live within the catchment area of the centre. We will charge for the service if your child is admitted under these points.

Age 2 years

Your 2 year old is entitled to 600 hours of free ELC if you receive one of the benefits listed in the two lists.  You can obtain an application form from one of our centres who accommodate two year olds:

  • Clydebank ELCC
  • Ferryfield ELCC
  • Gartocharn ELCC
  • Lennox ELCC
  • Meadowview ELCC
  • Riverside ELCC

If you receive one of the following you will be given a second form by the centre. This form should be taken to the Job Centre for completion.

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Pension Credits

If you receive one of the benefits below, you will be required to produce evidence, which is normally your Tax Credit Award Letter.

  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not Working Tax Credit and your income is less than £16 105
  • both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6420
  • Universal Credit
  • finally, support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which will be on an individual basis and dealt with accordingly

Please note the income thresholds for Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit can vary each year.

Finally, a place will be provided for all children aged two or over (or have been at any point since turning two) who:

  • looked after by a local council
  • the subject of a kinship care or guardianship order

More information can be found by:

Age 3-5 years

All children in the two years before primary school are entitled to be admitted to our nurseries. This entitlement is valid from the term after your child's third birthday as stated by the Scottish Government, that is:


     1st March - 31st August - eligible in following August

     1st September - 31st December - eligible in following January

     1st January - 28th February - eligible in following April

Your child will be prioritised as described above for children aged 0-3 years.

We will charge for any extra sessions that your child attends.

Your child will probably be placed within a council run childcare centre. A place can be arranged in a private/voluntary sector nursery. If you wish your child to be placed in a private nursery please contact us on 01389 737318.


Enrolment for nursery is during the second week in May.

You are able to place your child's name on a list at the childcare centre nearest your home after your child's 2nd birthday. If there is not enough places at your nearest centre you may be offered a place at another centre.

Please contact the individual centres regarding their procedure.