Early Learning and Childcare

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) by August 2020.  This expansion will deliver 1140 hours per year to all children aged 3 and 4 as well as children aged 2 in receipt of certain benefits/criteria.  During the next 3 years East Dunbartonshire Council will develop a phased approach to expansion across localities; ensuring quality remains at the heart of delivery.

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

All Local Authority and partnership centres are guided by 'A Curriculum of Excellenceissued by the Scottish Government.

Parents/carers must register their pre-school child every year they attend. 

Parents or careers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for Session 2017/2018 (August 2017 – June 2018) should still apply using the paper application form, which can be found on the document section of this page.  

Parents or carers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for session 2018/2019, children starting in August 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which is in the form section of this page.  Please read the guidance notes before completing the online form. The deadline is Wednesday 28 February 2018.  Any applications received after this date will be considered as late.  FAQ's are listed within our other links section of this page. If you are unable to complete the online form, you can request a paper copy by emailing earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

The local Childcare Information Service provides a database of local and national childcare services.

Key Dates

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 that all Partnership Centres allocation letters will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of June 2018. 

Early Learning and Childcare Centre 

Parents/carers can choose a centre offering am or pm funded sessions during term time (38 weeks), an extended day session during term time (38 weeks) or an extended day session in an extended year Centre (50 weeks) Please see table below:

Early Learning and Childcare Centre

AM or PM Funded Sessions

Extended Day Term Time (38 weeks)

Extended Day Extended Year (50 weeks)

Holiday Provision

Auchinairn*

X

 

X

 

Baljaffray

X

X

 

 

Castlehill

X

 

X

X

Cleddens

X

 

X

X

Clober

X

 

X

X

Colquhoun Park

X

 

 

 

Craighead

X

 

 

 

Gartconner

X

X

 

 

Hillhead

X

 

X

X

Holy Family

X

X

 

 

Killermont

X

 

 

 

Lennoxtown*

X

 

X

 

Lenzie Meadow

X

 

X

X

Meadowburn Gaelic

   X AM only

 

 

 

Meadowburn

X

X

 

 

Milngavie

X

X

 

 

Torrance

X

 

 

 

Twechar

X

 

 

 

 *1140 hours Pilot – please contact Early Years for more information. 

How to apply for an Early Learning and Childcare place

If you wish to apply for an ELC centre for Session 2017/2018 (August 2017 – June 2018) should still apply using the paper application form, which can be found on the document section of this page. 

If you wish to apply for an ELC centre for session 2018/2019, children starting in August 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which is in the form section of this page. Please read the guidance notes before completing the online form. The deadline is Wednesday 28 February 2018.  Any applications received after this date will be considered as late applications and we cannot guarantee there will be a Council or commissioned place available at your chosen nursery, as all applications are subject to available places and available budget. FAQ's are listed within our other links section of this page.

If applying for a Partner Centre, parents/carers should secure the place directly with them before applying for funding. These centres must meet certain conditions of contract e.g. provide high quality early learning and childcare, implementing child protection and health and safety policies. Staff in partnership centres benefit from our training.  

All partnership services are registered with and inspected by the Care Inspectorate and also inspected by Education Scotland. Further information on registered childcare services, including copies of Inspection Reports and grades achieved, are available on the Care Inspectorate (link is external) or Education Scotland (link is external) websites

The following documents must be included submitted along with the online form

  • child's birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill 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)

If you are unable to attach the required documents, you take them to any East Dunbartonshire Community Hub within 7 days of submitting the form.

If you are unable to complete the online form, you can request a paper copy by emailing earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

Childminders

Childminders provide opportunities for care, education and play for children under 5 years and school-aged children in the childminder's own home. Childminders are self employed and often provide a flexible service all year round.

Further information on the availability of childminders within East Dunbartonshire can be obtained by contacting the Scottish Families Information Service.

If you are interested in becoming a childminder please contact the Care Inspectorate.

Out of School Care

Out of school care services are for school-age children either before or after they attend school. They are usually based in or near schools and more are being set up to help families where parents work. They offer opportunities for children to play and learn and have fun in groups.

All the above services are registered with and inspected by the Care Inspectorate and also inspected by Education Scotland.  Further information on childcare services which are registered, including copies of Inspection Reports and grades achieved are available on Care Inspectorate or Education Scotland websites.  

Free Nursery Lunches

You can claim free school lunches for your nursery aged children if you are receiving:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit 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  (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610)
  • A claim for free school meals, from recipients of Universal Credit, will be eligible where this figure does not exceed £500.
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Those aged two or over who are (or have been at any point since turning two) either looked after by a

Local Authority, the subject of a Kinship Care Order or a child with a Parent or Appointed Guardian.