3-5 Room Admissions Information

Our 3-5 year-olds room is registered for up to 48 children and is, currently, staffed by 7 early years education and childcare officers. We also have 1 early years teacher who is with us every 2 weeks.

As of August 2020, children aged 3-5 years are entitled to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare (ELC).

Places are allocated in line with Inverclyde Council’s Admissions Policy, which can be accessed here: 3 – 5 year old places – Inverclyde Council

Our main model of delivering your child’s ELC entitlement is:

  • A Model 1 place which consists of Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 3pm over 38 weeks per year (term-time).

We can also deliver your child’s entitlement using the following approaches:

  • Blended approach with a childminder and a nursery.
  • With a funded provider (Private / voluntary / independent nursery) that meets the new national standards set by the Scottish Government.


If your child’s date of birth is on, or between, 1st March 2017 and the 28th February 2018 they will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from August 2020.


If your child’s date of birth is on, or between, 1st March 2018 and the 28th February 2019 they will be eligible for a funded place as set out below.

Admissions Timeline

Inverclyde Council – Admissions Timeline
Child’s Birthday Intake – first available Monday in the month.
1st March – 31st August August/September
1st September – 30th September October
1st October – 31st October November
1st November – 30th November December
1st December – 31st December January
1st January – 31st January February
1st February – last day February March

How to apply for a 3-5 year-old place

An application form must be completed and submitted to your first choice establishment.  You will also need to provide  proof of your residing address and proof of your child’s date of birth ( birth certificate or Passport).  We cannot  accept your application form if you do not produce this information when submitting your form.

Forms must be submitted by the last day in February each year to be presented at the Annual Admissions Panel which sit around April / May.  Any forms received after the last day in February will be classed as a late application and will be presented at the Post Admissions Panel in August.

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