Search site

Free Childcare

Is your 2, 3 or 4 year old eligible for free early learning and childcare?

The benefits of early learning and childcare

The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging high quality, flexible early learning and childcare which is accessible and affordable for all families.

Free early learning and childcare is available for all three and four-year-olds and for around a quarter of two-year-olds in Scotland.

Scotland's free early learning and childcare helps to give children a great start to their education. It encourages them to learn through play with other children and promotes the development of language and social skills in a safe and fun environment. It also helps them to prepare for school.

It's good for parents too, giving them the flexibility they need to organise family life. It also allows parents to get back to work, study or training by supporting their childcare needs.

For most people early learning and childcare will mean a place at a nursery but it can also mean childminders, playgroups or other types of childcare providers.

To find out more please click on the link below: 

pdf icon Free Early Learning and Childcare In Scotland [166kb]

or visit

Applications forms are available from:

Pupil Placement
West Lothian Council
Howden South Road
West Lothian
EH54 6FF

Tel: 01506 280000