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Expansion of Early Learning Childcare

Expansion of Early Learning Childcare

1140 hours

The Scottish Government is committed to the near doubling of entitlement to funded early learning and childcare to 1140 hours a year by 2020 for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. The aim is to provide high quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable for all families.

The first in a series of action plans is available to refer to ‘A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland: 2017-18 Action Plan’.

What this means for you

Currently all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds, are entitled to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare.

  • Over 38 weeks per year this is equivalent to 15 hours 50 minutes per week.
  • Over 50 weeks per year this is equivalent to 12 hours per week. 
  • By doubling this entitlement this will mean over 38 weeks per year, this is equivalent to 30 hours a week.
  • Over 50 weeks per year, it is equivalent to just under 23 hours a week.

Phase 1

In Clackmannanshire the first phase of the implementation of 1140 hours is well underway.

Coalsnaughton Nursery Class has been offering 1140 hours to all children since January 2018. 

Sauchie Nursery School currently offer 1140 hours to children who meet certain criteria.

Phase 2

Phase 2 will see the new Tullibody South Nursery, which will be open from 8am-6pm, all year round offering 1140 hours. This will commence August 2019.

Banchory, St Serf's and Sauchie nursery classes will offer 1140 hours during term time from August 2019.

Clackmannan Nursery Class is currently being refurbished. Once this is completed, they will also offer 1140 hours during term time.

All partner private nurseries will offer 800 hours of free early learning and childcare.

Phase 3

Phase 3 will see a brand new nursery open in Menstrie, which will replace the current nursery class which will be open 8am-6pm all year round.

A nursery class will also open at Craigbank Primary School. Anticipated opening of both these establishments is currently January 2020.

From August 2020, all other local authority nurseries, partner private nurseries and partner childminders will be in a position to offer 1140 hours.

Local plan

You can refer to our ELC Expansion Plan via the link provided.

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000