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 2019/2020 (21 Aug 2019- 14 Aug 2020):

  • Children with dates of birth between 01 March 2015 and the 29 February 2016 ‐ These children are 'Pre‐school' children in session 2019/20 and will start P1 in August 2020. We will give a decision to children in their pre-school year within 4 weeks of receipt of an application or change request (Unless in a period of considering the next eligible intake, where it may be longer).
  • Children with Dates of Birth between 01 March 2016 and the 31 December 2016‐ These children are 'Ante Pre‐school' children in session 2019/20, but are not eligible for an ELC place as a 3 year old if they apply until the 06 January 2020 (however they may start from their 3rd birthday if they have been advised a place has been allocated, staff at the establishment allocated would confirm the start date).  We will give a decision to children in their ante pre-school year within 4 weeks of receipt of an application or change request (Unless in a period of considering the next eligible intake, where it may be longer).
  • Children with Dates of Birth between 01 January 2017 and the 28 February 2017 -These children are 'Ante Pre‐school' children in session 2019/20, but are not eligible for an ELC place as a 3 year old if they apply until the 20 April 2020. The closing date for applications was the 15 November 2019.  Decision letters regarding the April 2020 ELC (as a 3 year old) intake will be issued by the end of February 2020.

Late applications/ changes

Applications or change requests for 2019/20 received after the closing date of 15 March 2019, will receive a decision within 4 weeks from receipt. Unless the request is received in a period where the next intake is being considered, at these times this is extended to 6-8 weeks.

It takes some time to complete the 'process for initial decisions for an intake', and from the start of this process until the decisions have been finalised for that intake and we do not know what will be available for new applicants/change requests for that current academic year until this process is complete. We endeavour to complete the 'process for initial decisions for an intake' as quickly as possible.

The next intake to be considered is the April 2020 intake, and the 'process for initial decisions for this intake' started on the 10 December 2019, so we are currently in a period where the next eligible intake is being considered.

 

For Session 2020/2021 (17 Aug 2020- 13 Aug 2021):

The format of ELC provision for session 2020/2021 at establishments across West Lothian will be decided in January 2020.  A letter/e-mail will be issued to all parents we are aware of to advise them of any changes to this provision's format and will give them the opportunity to make any changes to their application request prior to the closing date of the 15 March 2020.

Initial decisions for ELC places from August 2020 for applications received by the closing date of the 15 March 2020 will be considered in April 2020 and letters to advise parents of the decision on their applications will be issued by the end of May 2020.

  • Children with dates of birth between 01 March 2016 and the 28 February 2017 - These children are 'Pre‐school' children in session 2020/21.  The closing date for applications/change requests is the 15 March 2020.   Decision letters from initial consideration will be issued by the end of May 2020.
  • 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. The closing date for applications is the 15 March 2020.  Decision letters from initial consideration will be issued by the end of May 2020.
  • 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).  The closing date for applications is the 15 March 2020.  Decision letters from initial consideration will be issued by the end of May 2020.

Applications received after the closing date of the 15 March 2020 will be considered however there may be limited or no availability at your preferred establishment once initial decisions have been made.

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.