How do I apply?
Your local authority will have its own application process and dates – which means you might have to apply soon. Contact them to find out when and how to apply, or to get more information about the range of providers in your area.
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What are the big benefits of Early Learning & Childcare?
Early Learning and Childcare gives your wee one a real boost in confidence and independence, as well as building on their language and development. It’s a great way for them to make friends and play with lots of other children, while learning new things.
It can also give you the time to develop your skills, go back to work, get stuff done around the house, or even just to recharge your batteries.
Find out more about the benefits of early learning and childcare here.
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Where to begin with choosing early learning and childcare
Choosing childcare for your wee one can feel a bit daunting, and you might not know where to begin. So, it can be really helpful to visit a few local nurseries, childminders or playgroups, to help get a feel for a place. If you want to do this, phone ahead to make an appointment, so they can organise for one of their staff to show you around and answer any questions. You'll be able to access your funded hours at nurseries, childminders, or playgroups – or a mix of these!
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