Families reminded to apply for nursery places

Parents should submit applications for their preferred choices between 6 and 31 January 2020. To find out more about all funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in Fife go to  www.fife.gov.uk/earlyyears or contact your local nursery.

Families will soon have more choice and flexibility when it comes to ELC. From Aug 2020, ELC provision will nearly double to 1,140 for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds.

Families can choose from a range of nurseries, playgroups and childminders partnered with Fife Council. Other benefits include:

  • childcare at different times of the day, and
  • families can choose a blend of more than one provider to meet their childcare needs.

Jacqueline Price, Education Manager, explains: “Applications need to be submitted for every three and four year old in Fife, including those going into their second year of nursery. This will ensure all families have an equal opportunity to select from the new range of choices that will be on offer in each area in Fife from August 2020.”

“High-quality early learning and childcare has a positive impact on children’s experiences and future life chances. Nearly doubling provision to 1140 hours will help provide many children with the best start possible in their learning journey. For working parents, the extra hours will help reduce child care costs and for others this could provide an opportunity to take part in study, to get back into work or to help meet the needs of their whole family.”

To find out more about:

  • all funded ELC providers in Fife,
  • new flexible hours available in each area, and
  • how to apply

go to  www.fife.gov.uk/earlyyears or contact your local nursery.

Video explaining the changes to ELC in Fife https://youtu.be/xhq4XJU0wOA