Funded Nursery Places

Here at Early Steps Nursery we are working in partnership with West Lothian Council to provide the government funded childcare for all 3 - 5 year olds. All parents/carers of children approaching their 3rd birthday will receive a Funding Application from their Local Authority. This application allows parents/carers to choose the preferred nursery for their child to attend.

As Early Steps is a new partner, even though we are not currently listed on the West Lothian Council Web Site, you can still enter us as your preferred choice.

 

Application Process

Pupil Placement will allocate a places for your children following their guidance below;

  • Applications for places received by the deadline are granted on a first-choice basis, as far as possible within existing resources

  • Where geographical areas are over-subscribed, other factors such as continuity of care and the need for wraparound care is taken into consideration where possible

  • Once all applications received prior to the deadline have been granted, applications received after the deadline are allocated based on where spaces and funding is available

  • Applications for children who reside out-with the West Lothian county boundary may be granted funding by West Lothian Council but will have a lower priority for funding than West Lothian children

  • Applicants who are not granted a place for their first-choice establishment are placed on the establishments waiting list.  Waiting lists are managed using the same guidelines and priorities as admissions

  • Applicants who are not granted a place for their first-choice establishment are placed on the establishments waiting list.  Waiting lists are managed using the same guidelines and priorities as admissions

 

Attending Nursery

Early Steps offer a range of sessions for our parents and will work with you to agree which options are best suited for you and your family. All sessions are available from Monday through Friday

Morning Session               7.30am – 12.45pm

Afternoon Session           1.00pm – 6.00pm

Full Day Session                7.30am – 6.00pm

Funded places are funded over a total of 50 weeks per year with a current maximum of 1000 hours per child per year, the nursery is closed between Christmas and New Year. If you wish your child to attend for the additional week, please advise us and we can book this as extra sessions. (funded hours correct as of July 2020)

 

Additional Sessions

If you require additional sessions on top of your funded places, these can be arranged depending on availability. Please see our Fees for details of these charges.

 

Useful Links

 

West Lothian Council Guidance

www.westlothian.gov.uk/apply-for-pre-school-and-school-places

West Lothian Council Application

www.westlothian.gov.uk/apply-for-elc-3-or-4-year-old

Pupil Placement

www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/47287/Pupil-Placement-Contact-Details

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Early Steps Nursery, Pyramids Business Park, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2EH.

Telephone - 01506 636394

email - info@earlystepsnursery.co.uk