What is my child entitled to?

Entitlement

All children aged three and four and eligible* children aged two in Scotland are entitled to receive funded early learning and childcare.  During the current academic year 2019/20, the funded entitlement equates to 600 hours per year.  If you are a parent or carer who is new to the area and wish to submit a late application for a place for your child for 2019/20, please visit your local early years centre and the Depute Head of Centre will be able to give you information on availability and the models of delivery on offer.

For academic year 2020/21 and onwards, the funded entitlement will rise to 1140 hours per year.  Applications for places from August 2020 onwards will open in January 2020.  A parent guide to 1140 delivery models in local authority early years centres in East Dunbartonshire sets out more information in our Guidance notes for applying to Local Authority or Funded providers early years centres and childminders or see page “Expansion to 1140 funded hours

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

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 £6,900
  • 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.