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THE BENEFITS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

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Free early learning and childcare places are a big help for families. They’re good for children – giving them the chance to learn and play with other children. They also help families financially as free places can contribute towards other early learning and childcare commitments and support parents to work, train or study.
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HOW TO CLAIM FREE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE

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To claim your place, you’ll need to contact your local council or family information service. You can also speak to your health visitor for more advice. They’ll help you to apply for a free early learning and childcare place.
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600 HOURS OF FREE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE

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All three and four-year-olds in Scotland are entitled to receive up to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare a year. This entitlement has also been extended to some two-year-olds.
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FURTHER HELP FOR FAMILIES

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As well as free early learning and childcare places there are other benefits available to Scottish families.
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE

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From nurseries to playgroups and registered childminders, there are lots of different types of childcare providers.
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FINDING EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE IN YOUR AREA

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There are many different types of early learning and childcare provider. You can contact your local council for more information on what’s available near you.
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