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Early learning and childcare

Do you qualify for the increased 1140 hours?

We currently provide 600 hours of early learning and childcare to all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds.

As part of changes being made by the Scottish Government, this will increase to 1140 hours by 2020.

We're rolling out the increased hours to 4 of our nurseries from August 2018:

Who qualifies?

Who qualifies for 1140 hours?
Priority 
Band A
  • Looked after children
  • Children with additional support needs
Band BChildren from households in receipt of:
  • Income support
  • Job seekers allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income based)
  • Incapacity of Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit only and your income less than £16,105
  • Maximum Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and income less than £6420
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your household take home pay is £610 or less
Band C
  • Children where English is an additional language
Band D
  • Children whose parents are returning to training or work

How to apply?

word icon 1140 hours application form August 2018 version 2 [66kb]

Existing applications and nursery places

If you've already applied for a nursery place and believe you qualify for the increased hours, you need to make a separate application.

Available options

We've increased available early learning and childcare options in line with what parents have told us they need.

If you're successful, we'll try to offer the option you ask for. This will depend on availability and the priority we give your application.

Early learning and childcare options
ProvisionSessions per weekTimesEstablishmentDetails
Core5 x 6 hours9am to 3pmNursery classesSchool days over school week
Extended3 x 10 hours8am to 6pmNursery classesLonger days over the school year
Stretched A

5 x 4 hours 45 minutes 

8am to 12.45 pm or 1pm to 5.45pm           

Family centresHalf days over 48 weeks
Stretched B2 x 9.5 hours and 1 x 4 hours 45 minutes

Full day 8/8.30am  to 5.30/6pm

Half day 8am to12.45pm or 1.15-6pm

Family centresMix of full days and half days over 48 weeks
Blended15 hours in ERC nursery plus 15 hours with a funded providerTBCTBCAvailable August 2019
Funded provider30 hours a weekTBCTBCAvailable August 2019

What happens next?

We'll assess your application against the criteria.

If you're offered a place, we'll write to you to ask you to accept the place.

We'll then ask you to provide the nursery with:

  • proof of your child's age (birth certificate, passport)
  • proof of current address (council tax bill, rent or mortgage statement)
  • evidence of benefits you get (if this applies to you)

pdf icon Early Years 1140 hours Phasing and Prioritising leaflet [863kb]


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