From August 2020, all three and four year olds, and eligible two year olds* can have up to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year. The National Parent Forum of Scotland has created a handy guide for parents and carers called “Early Learning and Childcare in a Nutshell”
The Council will meet the expansion in three main ways - firstly, by changing the delivery model within existing local authority early years centres; secondly, by building three new early years centres; and thirdly, by working with providers in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, including childminders. See below for more information.
Some early years centres in areas of Place – Auchinairn, Hillhead, Lennoxtown and Twechar – are providing 1140 hours to children already. This phasing has enabled children most in need to access the extended hours, whilst allowing the Council to learn what works best, prior to delivering in all centres.
More information for parents and carers on how to apply for a place for their child can be found here:
If you have any questions, please contact: – ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Local Authority Early Years Centres - new delivery model
A 'delivery model' is the pattern of available times that parents and carers can place their child in, at an early years centre. The Council is moving to a new delivery model from August 2020. The new delivery model is based on consultation with local communities. Almost all centres will move to an extended day, extended year model where children will attend five blocks of 4 hours and 45 minutes per week, over 48 weeks per year, which equates to 1140 hours. Examples of this could be five mornings, five afternoons or two and a half days. Where capacity allows, there will be opportunities within localities for parents and carers to purchase additional blocks. Craighead Early Years Centre in Milton of Campsie and Meadowburn Gaelic Medium Early Years Centre will have a term time delivery model, open 6 hours per day over 38 weeks per year.
New Local Authority Early Years Centres
Build three new early years centres. These are: Bearsden Early Years Centre in Bearsden, Oakburn Early Years Centre in Milngavie, and Lairdsland Early Years Centre in Kirkintilloch. The new centres are due to be completed for delivery of early learning and childcare in August 2020.
Funded Provider Early Years Centres and Childminders
Work in partnership with providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector – including childminders. During December 2019 and January 2020, providers will tender to deliver the funded provision for up to four years, from August 2020 to July 2024. If successful, the provider will be entered onto the Funded Provider of Early Learning and Childcare Framework with the Council. Details of funded providers will be updated on the Council’s website: If a provider, for whatever reason, is no longer on the framework, parents of children who have their funded provision with the funded provider will be informed and provided with advice and support on the options available to them. In this instance, parents should contact the funded provider directly for more information or the Early Years team on 0300 1234510.
(Eligibility criteria- see below or https://www.mygov.scot/childcare-costs-help/funded-early-learning-and-childcare/ )
* Eligibility criteria: Children aged between 2 and 3 years old
Your child can also receive funded early learning and childcare if they have turned 2 and you get one of these benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
- any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your income is £16,105 or less
- Child tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your income is £7,320 or less
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit and your household take-home pay, is £610 a month or less
Funded early learning and childcare is also available if your child is 2 or over and is or, since they turned 2, has been:
- looked after by a local council
- the subject of a kinship care order
- the subject of a guardianship order
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Funded Providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector, including Childminders
The term “Funded Provider” was introduced by the Scottish Government to mean any provider of early learning and childcare who have tendered and been accepted to deliver funded hours in their local Council. For delivering funded provision from August 2020, all providers will apply to the Council to become a funded provider through a tendering exercise. This will happen between December 2019 and January 2020 and will ask providers to explain how they meet the conditions set out in the Scottish Government National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers. For more information on becoming a funded provider with East Dunbartonshire please take the link to How do I become a funded provider.
Early Years Practitioners - Employees
The 1140 hours expansion is driving transformational change across all local authority early learning and childcare centres; and delivering a high quality service is a high quality, valued workforce. Extensive engagement with employees has taken place over the last year in line with innovative staffing models that will meet the needs of the principles of the expansion. This person-centred approach has resulted in existing staff gaining improved contracts, improved location base to be closer to home, and opportunities for leadership and promoted posts. For any further questions on the expansion, employees should get in touch on the email: ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
This exciting time is resulting in many opportunities to develop a career in Early Years. The Council is working with the Scottish Government and current funded providers to carry out engagement with young people in Secondary Schools, and to carry out open evenings to attract those wishing to change career and begin working in Early Learning and Childcare.
There is a clear career pathway in Early Years, from modern apprenticeships to practitioners and senior leadership roles, in both local authorities and with funded providers in the private and third sector. Current investment in the sector includes that staff will be supported to achieve professional qualifications throughout their career.
If you do not have an early years qualification but would like to work in early learning and childcare, you can consider working in an Early Years Support Worker role with the local authority whilst carrying out ‘on the job’ vocational training. Funded Providers may also offer alternative routes to becoming an Early Years Practitioner.
Recruitment for both local authority and funded providers will be advertised on https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/ and ‘alerts’ can be set up for when posts are advertised.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact: ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Good news stories - expansion to 1140 hours
Greg Bremner, Education Officer at East Dunbartonshire Council speaks in August 2019 about planning for the expansion of early learning and childcare and how the Council is gearing up for this exciting change to early years: