Consultation on Provision of Early Learning and Childcare

This consultation is now closed as of  30 November 2015.
Currently in East Dunbartonshire children aged 3 years, 4 years and 2 year old children who are eligible for 600 hours per year of Early Learning and Childcare are entitled to 16 hours of nursery provision every week of the school year. Parents/carers of children aged 2-3 years can register for provision but places are subject to availability.
New legislation has increased the entitlement of eligible children aged three and four to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare.  Children are eligible in the term following their third birthday. 
Some two year olds are also eligible. From June 2015 parents, carers and guardians of children who will be 2 years old (on the 1 March 2015) are eligible for increased provision the first term following their second birthday. If a two year old is from a household in receipt of certain benefits and the parent is seeking work and for parent/carers who meet the current criteria for free school meals and also for children being looked after away from home/kinship care.
East Dunbartonshire Council is developing their provision to provide flexibility and choice for parents in the different types of provision which are available, and as such, we are seeking the views of parents within each locality, who have a child(ren) under the age of five.  The consultation will involve a questionnaire.  

Currently, East Dunbartonshire offers the below:  

  • Sessional / Term time : Morning or afternoon sessions of three hour and ten minutes  e.g. 8.45am – 11.55am or 12.35pm – 3.45pm. Children can attend for up to five sessions per week – term time only; 
  • Full day / Term time  – 8am - 6pm with parents purchasing additional hours - term time only; 
  • Full day / Full year – 8am - 6pm with parents purchasing additional hours - 50 weeks per year.
The consultation period will run from 19 October 2015 until 30 November 2015. 
The consultation paper is available to complete online.
If you wish to complete a hard copy of the consultation paper, please download the the survey within the documents section. Copies will also be available from your local nursery.  
The results of the consultation will inform the planning of provision within each locality area.