3-5 year old Early Learning and Childcare

The application period for 3-5 years opens at the start of term in January each year.  An application form must be completed and submitted to your first choice establishment along with proof of your residing address (in the form of council tax invoice) and proof of your child’s date of birth in the form of your child’s birth certificate. ELC establishments will not accept your application form if you do not produce the proof at the time of submission.

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.


Hillend Children Centre follows Inverclyde Council’s admissions policy. Places are allocated by the Education Department who manage the application process.

Birthday Dates Intake – first available Monday in the month
1st March – 31st August (must be 3 years before they can start) 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

Places are available from the first Monday of the month after the third birthday (Tuesday if there is a public holiday). However, staggered entry dates may be required due to the number of eligible children in any given month. Where this applies, early years providers will admit all eligible children as quickly as possible.

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Click below for Inverclyde Council’s  Early Years Admissions Policy



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