What is my child entitled to?

Entitlement

All children aged three and four and eligible children aged two in Scotland have a statutory entitlement to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

The expansion of early learning and childcare has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The requirement to deliver 1140 hours in August 2020 has been rescinded by the Scottish Government.

 All eligible children in East Dunbartonshire centres will receive a universal entitlement of 940 hours.  In the Place areas, Hillhead Early Years Centre, Auchinairn Early Years Centre, Twechar Early Years Centre and Lennoxtown Early Years Centre will continue to deliver 1140 hours to eligible two, three and four year olds.  Your child can access 1140 funded hours if your household meets the criteria set out below.  Please complete the application form – see Early years provision and how to apply.

*Covid-19 has impacted the Early Year provision for 2020/21.  You can see the current situation on the Covid-19 early years update page 

Household eligibility criteria for 1140 hours during 2020/21:  Children aged 2,3 and 4 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

Free Nursery Lunches

Nursery Session beginning August 2020/21

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 £7,320 or less support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610)
  • 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.

You can apply for free nursery lunches on our new combined online application form for free school meals, free nursery meals and school clothing grants.  If you have children at both school and at nursery you can claim for all children on this same form.

Please complete the form below, attaching a scan or photograph of supporting documentation as evidence of eligibility, so that this can be verified:

Application form