Early years provision and how to apply

From August 2020 there will be big changes in early learning and childcare, with all children aged 3 and 4, and eligible 2 year olds becoming entitled to 1140 funded hours the day after their child’s third birthday.* Before the changes come into effect in August 2020, eligible children are entitled to receive the current 600 hours.

Registration for children starting or continuing their early learning and childcare place during the 2020/21 session – from August 2020 to July 2021 - runs throughout January and February 2020 and all application forms must be completed and returned by Friday 28 February 2020.

To apply select the appropriate form within the forms section of the page.

Local authority early years centres are detailed in the drop down below.

'Funded provider' is the term used for any early years centre or childminder in the private, voluntary or independent sector that has met clear standards in relation to quality and other criteria and has been successfully placed on a framework to deliver early learning and childcare funded hours in East Dunbartonshire. You'll find up-to-date details of current centres in the drop down below.

Funded provider contracts are due to be renewed in April 2020. Parents and carers should liaise directly with their chosen early years centre or childminder to ensure they are on the Council framework to deliver the funded hours. If, for any reason, a provider is no longer able to remain on the framework and/or provide places, parents of placed children will be provided with support and advice on the options available to them. Queries can be directed to the Early Years team on 0300123 4510 at any time.

*Where a child’s third birthday falls within a holiday period, funding will commence the first day of the next funding period.

Local Authority Centres

Local Authority Centres Address Telephone

Bearsden/Milngavie/Torrance Locality

 
Baljaffray Early Years Centre Grampian Way, Bearsden 0141 943 1738
Bearsden Early Years Centre  New Build, Bearsden 0141 955 2254 (School Number)
Castlehill Early Years Centre Rosslyn Rd, Bearsden 0141 955 2216
Clober Early Years Centre Kirk St, Milngavie 0141 955 2233
Colquhoun Park Early Years Centre Canniesburn Rd, Bearsden 0141 955 2201
Killermont Early Years Centre Aviemore Gds, Bearsden 0141 955 2265
Milngavie Early Years Centre Hillhead St, Milngavie 0141 955 2251
Oakburn Early Years Centre New Build, Milngavie 0300 123 4510
Torrance Early Years Centre West Rd, Torrance 0141 955 2228 (school Number)

Bishopbriggs Locality

 
Auchinairn Early Years Centre Beech Rd, Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2289
Cleddens Early Years Centre Kirriemuir Rd, Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2291
Meadowburn Early Years Centre Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2293
Meadowburn Gaelic Early Years Centre Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2293

Kirkintilloch/Lenzie & Villages Locality

 
Campsie View Early Years Centre Boghead Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2339
Craighead Early Years Centre Craighead Rd, Milton of Campsie 0141 955 2271 (School Number)
Gartconner Early Years Centre Gartshore Rd, Kirkintilloch 0141 955 2323 (School Number)
Hillhead Early Years Centre Newdyke Rd, Kirkintilloch 0141 955 2317
Holy Family Early Years Centre Boghead Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2213
Lairdsland Early Years Centre New Build, Kirkintilloch 0141 955 2310 (School Number)
Lennoxtown Early Years Centre School lane, Lennoxtown 0141 955 2268
Lenzie Meadow Early Years Centre Moss Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2367
Twechar Early Years Centre Main St, Twechar 0141 955 2334

Funded Providers

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 Scout Hall, Jubilee Path, Bearsden, G61 2RH

07953 554 635

New Kilpatrick Nursery

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

07713 742 311

Westerton Nursery

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

07999 366 229

Green Forest Nursery

Langbank Farm, Langbank Holdings, Dowan Road, Milngavie G62 6EL 0141 956 2300

Bishopbriggs Area

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

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

The Tower Nursery 1 Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie, G66 4LI 0141 588 5515

Childminders

From August 2020, parents and carers can choose to take some or all of their child's early learning and childcare funded entitlement with a Care Inspectorate registered Childminder that meets the Scottish Government National Standard and wishes to work in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council.  Please see the "Expansion to 1140 funded hours" page for more information.

Lots of information on using your funded hours with a Childminder or becoming a Childminder to deliver the funded hours can be found on the SCMA website.

Scottish Families Information Service 
Care Inspectorate

FAQs

  1. When should I register my child aged 3 or 4 for an ELC place.

Applications can be made using the new online forms with effect from 6 January 2020 for session August 2020 - July 2021. The closing date is the 29 February 2020 and any applications received after that date are considered as late.

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

You can apply using one of our online application forms on the forms section of this page 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.

If you are applying for a new 3 year old place you must complete a 3/5 Year Old Application form and submit before 29th February 2020. When applying for a new 3 year old place the funding will be allocated for a 2 year period therefore you do not need to apply the following year.

For children aged 4 who will be returning to their current Local Authority Early Years Centre you are required to complete a 4 Year Old Continuation form. If you are looking to change Local Authority centres or continue with your chosen funded provider you must complete a new 3/5 Year Old Application form.

  1. My child is 2, are they entitled to a funded place?

Yes, if you are in receipt of:

  • Children on the child protection register or looked after
  • children
  • Children who live in an area where the Scottish Index of
  • Multiple Deprivation rank is 1 and 2
  • (www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SIMD)
  • Children from households in receipt of specific
  • benefits as detailed below:
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (income based)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) - but not Working Tax  Credit (WTC) - and income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum CTC and maximum WTC and income is under £7,320
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  Universal Credit (this can be claimed if income is less than £610 per month).

Or if the child is:

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

Please note: Please check that your chosen provider offers places for 2 year olds.

If you do not meet the criteria for a funded place you may be able to purchase a place at an EDC Early Years Centre (subject to availability/capacity).

  1. 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:

  • 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 - 5 year old (if applicable)

If you are unable to attach your supporting documents take your evidence documents within 7 days (quoting your online application reference number) to your first choice centre if you are applying to a Local Authority Centre or if you are applying for Funded Provider funding take your evidence documents to one of our Community Hubs.

*Applications cannot be processed without supporting documents

  1.  I do not have these documents can I still apply?

Yes you can apply, however your application will not move forward 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 and are applying to a Local Authority Centre contact your first choice centre for further advice or if you are applying to a Funded Provider 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.

  1. How much does extended care cost?

You can purchase additional hours at a cost of 0-2 £4.93 and 2-5 £4.50 per hour and lunch for £2.43. This rate is subject to an annual review.

  1. How can I pay?

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

  • Online on our payments page
  • At any of our Hubs
  • Direct debit
  • Standing order
  • Voucher payment including tax free scheme
  1. I have not applied within the deadline – what do I do?

East Dunbartonshire Admission Policy follows The Scottish Government Statutory Guidance, and cut off points for funding is determined by this guidance.

All late applications will be considered after applications received within the deadline have been allocated.

  1. When will I be notified of my allocation?

Allocation letters for children due to start in 2020 will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of May.

  1. What are the holiday closure dates for extended year attendance for local authority ELC’s?

Speak with your chosen Early Years Centre about closure dates.

  1. How do I contact Shared Services / Early Years? 
    email: earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
    Tel:  03001234510