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.
Funded Early Learning and Childcare (3-5 year olds including eligible 2 year olds)
Anyone wanting to register for the current school year (2021/22) should contact us by email.
Willow 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
In our larger settings (Dounby, Glaitness, Papdale, Stromness, St Andrews) we can offer more than 1140 hours these settings offer early morning and late afternoon sessions which can be purchased. Information on actual times and sessions is available on the early learning and childcare settings section.
Further information on our charging policy for participating settings is available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.
If you would like to apply for additional hours please fill in an application form, which is available from the nursery manager or contact us by email or telephone 01856 873535 ext 2209 or 3204.