Pre-school enrolment reminder

A reminder has gone out from Aberdeenshire Council to parents and carers of pre-school children that application packs for council nursery classes and in approved independent playgroups, as well as private day nurseries, will be available from Monday, January 13.

Every child in Aberdeenshire is currently entitled to five free education sessions per week in 2.5hr blocks during term time.

This applies from the term after their third birthday.

There are three admission periods for pre-school children to local authority run nurseries.

They are August, 2014, for children who will be aged 3 by August 31, 2014, January, 2015 for children who will be aged 3 by December 31, 2014, and April, 2015, for children who will be aged 3 by February 28, 2015.

Parents are asked to submit application forms by no later than Friday, January 24, for those children wanting to access local authority nurseries.

Those wanting to access places at approved independent playgroups and private day nurseries should submit an application form directly to their choice of approved pre-school provider.

This can be submitted at any point during the year.

An application pack ‘Applying for Early Years Pre-School Education for your Child: 2014/15’ will be available from the pre-school education setting of choice and should be returned to the same location.

For application forms and more information on the application process, visit