Early Learning & Childcare places 3year & 4year Olds

You can apply for 'Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) for 3 year & 4 year olds' using the Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) 3 and 4 year old provision Application Form.

If a child is classed as a 'Pre-school' child in the academic year, this means that this academic year is the 2nd year of ELC that they are entitled to as a 3 or 4 year old child.

If a child is classed as an 'Ante Pre-school' child in the academic year, this means that this academic year is the 1st  year of ELC that they are entitled to as a 3 or 4 year old.

For Session 2020/2021 (12 Aug 2020- 13 Aug 2021):

Initial decisions for ELC places from August 2020 for applications received by the closing date of the 03 April 2020 have been e-mailed between the 06 and the 10 July 2020.  

Applications/change requests received between the 03 April 2020 and the 18 July 2020, have now been considered by the school placement panel in WC 27 July 2020.  Decisions from this will be updated onto the system from Monday 03 August 2020, then letters will be generated and issued to parents via e-mail.  It will take time to fully action all 540 decisions, but these should all be issued in the next 2 weeks. Please note: for all new requests in session 2020/2021 there may be limited or no availability at your preferred establishment/session as initial decisions have already been made.

  • Children with dates of birth between 01 March 2016 and the 28 February 2017 - These children are 'Pre‐school' children in session 2020/21. 
  • Children with Dates of Birth between 01 March 2017 and the 31 August 2017 ‐ These children are 'Ante Pre‐school' children in session 2020/21, and are eligible for an ELC place as a 3 year old if they apply from the 17 August 2020, staff at the establishment will confirm the start date.
  • Children with Dates of Birth between 01 September 2017 and the 31 December 2017 ‐ These children are 'Ante Pre‐school' children in session 2020/21 and are eligible for an ELC place as a 3 year old if they apply from the 05 January 2021 (however they may start from their 3rd birthday if they have been advised a place has been allocated prior to their 3rd birthday, staff at the establishment allocated would confirm the start date). 

 

Children with Dates of Birth between 01 January 2018 and the 28 February 2018 -These children are 'Ante Pre‐school' children in session 2020/21, but are not eligible for an ELC place as a 3 year old if they apply until the 19 April 2021. The closing date for applications is the 15 November 2020.

Decision letters regarding the April 2021 ELC as a 3 year old intake will be issued (if received by closing date) by the end of February 2021.