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.

Parents, carers and employees will be kept regularly updated of the progress we are making in phasing in this entitlement through our newsletters.  The first one is now available to download from the document section of this page.

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 Excellence' issued by the Scottish Government.

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

Parents or carers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for session 2019/2020, children starting in August 2019, January 2020 or April 2020 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which will be available week commencing 14 January 2019.

Please read the guidance notes before completing the online form. The deadline is Thursday 28 February 2019.  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

Parents or carers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for the current session 2018/2019 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which is in the form section of this page. 

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

Important Dates

Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in August 2019 will be sent out to parents/carers at the end of June.

Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in January 2020 will be sent out end of September.

Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in April 2020 will be sent out end of October.

Please note that all Partnership Nursery allocation letters will be sent out by end of June 2019 and responses to any late applications will be sent out at a later date

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. 

Partnerships Centres

Bearsden/Milngavie/Torrance Areas

Nursery

Address

Telephone

Baldernock Playgroup

Baldernock PS School House, Fluchter Road, Balmore, Torrance G64 4AS

0141 955 2343

The Bearsden Nursery

50a Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2RH

0141 942 9499

Bearsden South Church Nursery

59 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2SU

07811 915 357

Buchanan Nursery

3 Grampian Way, Bearsden, G61 4SP

0141 570 0133

Canniesburn Nursery

10 Switchback Rd, Bearsden, G61 1QN

0141 942 9221

Glasgow Academy Milngavie

Mugdock Rd, Milngavie, G62 8NP

0141 956 3758

The High School of Glasgow Junior School

27 Ledcameroch Rd, Bearsden, G61 4AE

0141 942 0158

The Hillfoot Nursery

200 Milngavie Rd, Bearsden, G61 3DH

0141 942 0383

Maxholme Pre School Playgroup

Bearsden Baptist Church, 14 Roman Rd, Bearsden, G61 2SL

0141 942 3508

Mosshead Pre School & Playgroup

Bearsden Ski Club, The Mound, Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden, G61 3RS

07341 134 851

New Kilpatrick Nursery

New Kilpatrick Old Church Halls, Douglas Place, Bearsden, G61 3SH

07713 742 311

St Joseph’s Nursery

North Campbell Ave, Milngavie, G62 7AA

0141 563 9700

Westerton Nursery

Westerton Community Halls, 82 Maxwell Ave, Bearsden, G61 1NZ

07999 366 229

Bishopbriggs Area

Bright Horizons Bishopbriggs Early Learning and Childcare

South Crosshill Rd, Bishopbriggs, G64 2NN

0141 762 0080

Bishopbriggs Village Nursery

Cadder South Church Halls, Kirkintilloch Rd, Bishopbriggs, G64 2LS

07908 065 079

Happitots Day Nursery

28 Colston Drive, Bishopbriggs, G64 2AZ

0141 772 4708

Happy Days - Bishopbriggs

147 Balmuildy Rd, Bishopbriggs, G64 3HD

0141 772 6142

Kirkintilloch/Lenzie/Milton of Campsie/Lennoxtown Areas

Cedar Nursery

Cedar Dr, Lenzie, G66 4RD

0141 775 3967

Craighead Childcare Centre

Craighead CE Centre, Craighead Road, Milton of Campsie, G66 8DL

01360 312 276

Happy Days Nursery

4-18 Ledgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1PZ

0141 776 5009

Kidsplay Childcare

12-15 Lower Whitegates, Lenzie Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 3BQ

0141 776 3003

Merlwood Nursery

Scout Hall, Millersneuk Court, Lenzie, G66 5JD

07808 444 186

Riverside Childcare

Block 4, Units 1 & 2, Kirkintilloch Industrial Estate, Milton Rd, Kirkintilloch, G66 1SY

0141 777 7773

St Mary’s Nursery

St Mary’s Parish Church, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1JT

0141 775 1166

Tender Loving Childcare

5 Hillhead Rd, Kirkintilloch, G66 2HA

0141 578 0500

 

How to apply for an Early Learning and Childcare place

Parents or carers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for session 2019/2020, children starting in August 2019, January 2020 or April 2020 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which will be available week commencing 14 January 2019

Please read the guidance notes before completing the online form. The deadline is Thursday 28 February 2019.  Any applications received after this date will be considered as late 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.

Parents or carers who wish to apply for an ELC centre for the current session 2018/2019 can apply using OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which is in the form 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 or Education Scotland  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.