Early Learning and Childcare FAQ's

When should I register my child for an ELC place for next year? (2018/2019)

Applications can be made using the new online forms with effect from 15 January 2018 for session 2018/2019. The closing date is the 28 February 2018 and any applications received after that date are considered as late.

What do I need to support my application for an ELC place?

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the new online form (this can be a photo taken on your smart phone). The following documents must be submitted electronically with the form or taken to your local Hub within 7 days quoting your online application reference number.

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Current Council Tax notice as proof of residency (if resident in East Dunbartonshire)
  • Utility bill within the last 3 months (if resident in East Dunbartonshire)
  • Proof of Guardianship (if applicable)
  • Completed verification form for eligible 2 year old (if applicable)

I do not have these documents. Can I still apply?

Yes you can apply, however your application will not progress until you produce the documents required.

  • Child’s birth certificate – you can obtain a copy at your local Registration Office (there may be a charge for this).
  • Council Tax notice – If you cannot provide this please contact Shared Services, Education 0300 123 4510 or email earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk for further advice.
  • Utility bill – This can be a paper copy or screenshot/photo of online statement.

When will my child be entitled to a funded place at an ELC centre?

  • All 4 year old children are entitled to a funded place.
  • All 3 year old children are entitled to a funded place in the term following their 3rd birthday.

 Children born between 1 March 2015 and 31 August 2015 can start in August 2018

  •  Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015 can start in January 2019.
  •  Children born between 1 January 2016 and 29 February 2016 can start in April 2019.

How much funding is my child entitled to?

Currently all 3 and 4 year old children living in East Dunbartonshire are entitled to a maximum of 600 hours per year which equates to a maximum of 16 hours a week over 38 weeks term time.

How do I register my child for a funded ELC place?

You can apply using one of our online application forms using the guidance notes for reference. If you are unable to complete the online application form you can request a paper copy by emailing earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

My child is 2 can they attend a Local Authority ELC centre

Yes, using the online application form you can apply for an unfunded place from their second birthday, or a funded place may be available from the term following their second birthday for an eligible 2 year old if you are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

Or if the child is:

  • Looked after
  • Under a kinship care order
  • With a parent appointed guardian

Please note: only certain centres provide places for 2 year olds.

I have not applied within the deadline – what do I do?

You can still apply after the deadline, however this will be considered as a late application. Late applications will be only be processed once all applications received before the deadline have been allocated.

If you have applied for an East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) centre after the closing date, we cannot guarantee there will be a place available. If you have applied for a Partnership Centre after the closing date, approval of all late applications will be subject to available budget.

When will I find out if I have an ELC space?

  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in August 2018 will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of June.
  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in January 2019 will be sent out beginning of September.
  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in April 2019 will be sent out end of October. Please note: all Partnership Centres allocation letters will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of June 2018.

How much does extended care cost?

• You can purchase additional hours at a cost of £4.16 per hour. This rate changes in August each year.

How can I pay?

Fees are invoiced monthly in advance and can be paid by various methods:

Online at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk

  • At any of our Hubs
  • Direct debit
  • Standing order
  • Voucher payment