Schools and nurseries

Nursery care

Places for younger children in playgroups and Council-run nursery schools are limited, and are usually only available to those residents who visit long enough to pay council tax.

Available nursery places can be found on the Glasgow Day Nursery Directory.

There are privately run nursery schools, and recognised child minders around the Glasgow area.


Free schooling is available for all children over 5 years and under 16 years of age. Parents are legally obliged to enrol their school age children full-time in school, but please note that schools are under no obligation to enrol a child over the age of 16.  It is only possible to enrol a child once they are resident in Glasgow.  The school will need to see evidence that the child has an appropriate visa (i.e. not a Child Visitor Visa) and is available to enrol at an appropriate time of year.  Documents to be shown at enrolment are:

For information regarding schooling, please consult the Glasgow City Council website.

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport (and visa, if held)
  • Evidence of residency in Glasgow (e.g. utility bill / tenancy agreement)
  • Evidence of relationship between the child and the person enrolling the child (e.g. parent's name on birth certificate, child's name in parent's passport)