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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

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

During session 2018/2019 Sauchie Nursery School offered 1140 hours to children who met certain criteria.

Phase 2

Phase 2 saw Tulach Nursery open offering families 1140 hours with the option of full year places and term time only places. 

Banchory and St Serf’s Nursery Classes also offered 1140 hours term time only from August 2019. 

Sauchie Nursery started offering 1140 hours to all families with the option of full year or term time only places. 

From October 2019, following a refurbishment, Clackmannan Nursery Class also offered 1140 hours to families over term time. 

All partner private nurseries offered 800 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

Phase 3

January 2020 saw the opening of our brand new nursery, Menstrie Nursery.  Menstrie Nursery will offer families the option of 1140 hours over term time or full year. 

Following refurbishment work in the school a new Nursery Class at Craigbank was created offering 1140 hours over term time only. 

Phase 4

From August 2020 all remaining Nurseries, partner private nurseries and partner childminders will offer families 1140 hours. 

Local plan

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

For Further Information Contact

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