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Early Learning and Childcare

Welcome to Orkney’s Early Learning and Childcare web page. Here you will find information on our new Willow Tree Nursery (0-3 non-statutory provision) and our statutory funded early learning and childcare provision (Local Authority Nurseries and partnership childminders).

Registration week for 2022/23 - Friday 25 February 9am – Friday 4 March 5pm.


Early Learning and Childcare logoFunded Early Learning and Childcare (3-5 year olds including eligible 2 year olds)


Willow Tree Nursery  logoWillow Tree Nursery (0-3 years)

Willow Tree nursery is a new provision which opened summer of 2021 for children aged 6 months to 3 years. Children can attend until they become eligible for a government funded Early Learning and Childcare place (the term after the child turns three) which is offered in local authority nurseries throughout Orkney as detailed below.

The nursery offers both full and part time places. Parents can request a part time place based on a combination of these session times:

  • Mornings with lunch from 0800-1300 (5 hours)
  • Afternoons from 1300-1730 (4.5 hours)

All places are £6 per hour.


Frequently Asked Questions

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If I want to use a partnership childminder and my local nursery what do I need to do?

This would be a ‘Blended Placement’. You need to register during registration week for a place at your local nursery and complete a registration form for the partnership childminder.  It is important that prior to completing the partnership childminder form you should have already spoken with the childminder and confirmed that they have a place for your child.  

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School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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