Choosing early learning and childcare

All 3 and 4 year olds, and some 2 year olds, qualify for 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare which can be offered in different ways.

Carlibar Family Centre pupil

You can apply to have all your early learning and childcare in one setting or split between 2, such as a nursery and a childminder.

Council run early learning and childcare

Nursery classes

Nursery classes are located in primary schools. From August 2020 we will have 13 nursery classes providing early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

Nursery classes are open during term time, the same as schools. 

In a nursery class, you get 30 hours a week. 

In a nursery class you can apply for:

  • 5 days a week from 9am to 3pm, or
  • 3 days a week from 8am to 6pm

Family centres

From August 2020 we will have 9 Family Centres. These centres are open all year round, except for public holidays and school in-service days. 

In a family centre, you get 23 hours and 45 minutes a week throughout the year.

In a family centre you can apply for:

  • 5 mornings a week from 8am to 12.45pm, or
  • 5 afternoons a week from 1pm to 5.45pm over 48 weeks, or
  • 2.5 days a week over 48 weeks

For example, 2 days from 8am to 5.30pm and one half day from 8am to 12.45pm.

Partnership nurseries and childminders

We work with a number of partnership nurseries and childminders across East Renfrewshire.

Each setting will have its own opening times and may be open during term time or year round, you can find more details in the application pack.

You should contact these providers direct to make an application.

Not eligible for funded early learning and childcare?

Contact our partner providers and childminders directly to find a service that suits your family or visit the Scottish Families website to find all childcare providers operating in East Renfrewshire.

Contact us


Phone: 0141 577 3265

Last modified on 21 September 2020

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