Additional support needs

We have a duty to make adequate and efficient provision for the additional support of each child and young person with additional support needs.

Many young people experience short term difficulties in learning that can be quickly remedied by additional help.  A small proportion, around 20%, may need specialist support to help maintain steady headway.  Between 1% and 2% of children and young people have difficulties that are long term and require particular arrangements or provision. 

We are committed to give the best opportunities for all children and young people.

Guidance documents, policies and forms

Further guidance documents, policies and forms are available in the attached documents section.

Holiday playschemes for children with additional support needs

Merkland Playscheme

About the Playscheme

Merkland Playscheme is part of East Dunbartonshire Education Early Years Team. 

This holiday playscheme for children with additional support needs is delivered by the Council. It is based in Merkland School, Kirkintilloch and runs during school holiday periods only. The playscheme is not a childcare facility, but is an inclusive service that offers a high staff to child ratio. The Playscheme is for primary school aged children; therefore your child will not be eligible until Easter after they start P1 and will become ineligible the October after they begin S1.

The aim is to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment in which vulnerable children feel happy and secure.

  • All children are encouraged to explore, appreciate and respect the playscheme environment.
  • Parents, carers and children are encouraged to participate and contribute to the service and also be involved in important decision making.
  • All staff are competent, confident and well-trained, and have been appropriately recruited and vetted.

The service is registered and inspected by the Care Inspectorate. Further information on the service, including copies of Inspection Reports and grades achieved are available on the Care Inspectorate website.

How to apply for a child's place at the Playscheme

Referral may be made for your child to attend Playscheme through your child’s school, Social Worker or Educational Psychologist completing a request for assistance form for your child to attend.

Please note that due to demand of places we will not be able to allocate your child all the dates that the Playscheme operates.

Visit the Merkland School website.

Campsie View Playscheme

This summer holiday playscheme is for children with additional support needs who attend Campsie View School. Please contact Campsie View School for further information

Boghead Road
G66 4DP
Phone: 0141 955 2339
Internal Phone: 658 2000
Fax: 0141 775 3551

Visit the Campsie View website.

Care Inspectorate reports