Starting Nursery


Children are eligible for entry to the nursery the term after their 3rd birthday*. However, children who are eligible and apply mid-term may start subject to a place being available. More information can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website – follow the link from here


*An updated early learning and childcare entitlement start date for three year olds comes into effect from August 2024.

This change brings Renfrewshire in line with national guidance from Scottish Government and other neighbouring councils and with the entitlement start dates for eligible two-year-olds. It was approved at the Education and Children’s Services Policy Board in March.

Updated information on when children start their entitlement has been published on the Council’s website and a communication to parents and carers is available online.

Children will start from the beginning of term depending on the month they turn three.

If the child’s third birthday is in

They can start in

March, April, May, June, July or August 2024

August 2024

September, October, November or December 2024

January 2025

January or February 2025

April 2025


Children who meet priority 1 or 2 of the Council’s early learning and childcare admission policy may start at an earlier date as agreed by the admission panel.

There is no change to the entitlement start date for eligible two year olds.

Starting Nursery