Aberdeenshire pre school application packs will be available for parents with children with a birth date between 1 March 2009 and 28 February 2011, from Monday 19 November 2012.
If you wish for your child to commence or change placement for early years pre-school education for Session 2013-14 then you should submit an application form to your pre-school setting of first choice.
Every child in Aberdeenshire is entitled to five free education sessions per week in 2.5hr blocks during term time from the term after their third birthday.
In Aberdeenshire, pre-school children are admitted to local authority run nurseries at three points of the year running up to Spring 2014 as follows
- August 2013 for children who will be three by 31 August 2013
- January 2014 for children who will be three by 31 December 2013
- April 2014 for children who will be three by 28 February 2014
Parents are asked to submit application forms by no later than Monday, December 10 for those children wishing to access local authority nurseries.
Parents wishing 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.
All of the groups listed are inspected by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, as well as being quality assured by the council.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said
Aberdeenshire supports a range of early years places so that parents can select the best place for their child to get the very best start in life.
There is a lot of information on the council’s website for parents who are thinking about pre-school and I encourage them to check the dates and apply as soon as possible.
An application pack ‘Applying for Early Years Pre-School Education for your Child: 2013/14’ will be available from the pre-school education setting of choice and should be returned to the same location.
More information can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council Pre School Information page.