Fife Council provides early learning and childcare to eligible 2-year-old children in line with Scottish Government criteria.
Eligibility Criteria for 2-Year-Olds
Your child can also access 1140 hours of funded ELC at the eligible intake date after their 2nd birthday, if you meet one or more of the following criteria set by the Scottish Government:
- Income Support
- Job Seeker’s Allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit (WTC) and income is £17,005 or less
- Child Tax Credit (CTC) AND Working Tax Credit (WTC) and income is £7,920 or less
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit with household take-home pay of £660 a month or less
Your child may also be eligible if they are looked after, under a kinship care or guardianship order. If this applies to you please contact your Social Worker who will be able to refer you to our LAC Family Support team. This team provides extra support to make sure any placement meets your needs.
Your child may also be eligible if you have been looked after, under a kinship care or guardianship order as you were growing up. Please enquire at your local nursery offering two-year-old places for further details.
If your child has additional support needs or you feel your family needs extra support, then you may also be able to access some Early Learning and Childcare for your two-year-old child. Please discuss this with your Health Visitor, Social Worker, Family Nurse Practitioner or Educational Home Visitor who supports your family. They will be able to complete a separate referral form with you if they feel an application is appropriate.
What are the benefits of a two-year-old place for my child?
Your child will have lots of opportunities to play indoors and outdoors. This will help support their development and learning.
Your child will have opportunities to interact with others. This will help to build their confidence and independence and help them learn how to share and take turns with others.
Your child will have lots of opportunities to develop their communication skills. This will help them improve their speech and language and support them to make their needs known.
You will have opportunities to be involved in your child’s learning. This will support you to develop further your child’s learning at home.
When can my child start?
Nursery intakes for eligible 2-year-olds happen three times during the academic year.
- If your child is eligible and turns 2 between 01/03/2021 and 31/08/2021, they will be eligible to access funded ELC from August 2021.
- If your child is eligible and turns 2 between 01/09/2021 and 31/12/2021, they will be eligible to access funded ELC from January 2022.
- If your child is eligible and turns 2 between 01/01/2022 and 28/02/2022, they will be eligible to access funded ELC from April 2022.
Applications for 2-year-old places can be made a maximum of 2 months before a child’s anticipated start date.
How do I apply?
Application forms are available from any Fife Council nursery or can be printed from the link below. These should be completed fully and handed into any Fife Council nursery along with:
- up-to-date evidence of any benefits or tax credits you receive
- your child’s birth certificate or passport
- proof of your current address
Your application will be assessed at the next available Nursery Panel meeting. These meetings take place each term to award places for the following term. If you are offered a place for your child in a Fife Council nursery, you will be notified in writing.
Please note that the place you are offered may not be at the nursery closest to your home.
What is available?
There are a number of different ways for families to access their entitlement. These include:
- Term time in a Fife Council nursery
- Across the whole year in a Fife Council nursery
- In a private nursery that is in partnership with Fife Council
- At a playgroup that is in partnership with Fife Council
- With a childminder who is in partnership with Fife Council
It may be possible to share hours between different Early Learning & Childcare providers.