Renfrewshire Council

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1140 Early Learning and Childcare

Welcome to 1140 Early Learning and Childcare, our plan to provide children in Renfrewshire with 1140 hours of fully funded early learning and childcare from August 2020.

Our plan will give parents and carers increased access to high quality, flexible and affordable childcare for their child. It'll also mean lots of new Early Learning and Childcare jobs and opportunities in Renfrewshire.

What is it and why is it happening?

At the moment, all 3 and 4 year olds, and some 2 year olds enjoy 600 hours of fully funded early learning and childcare at our nurseries every year. Under new plans from the Scottish Government, this will increase to 1140 hours per year by August 2020.

This means that your child will be able to spend more time at nursery for no extra cost. They'll learn through play, improve their communication skills, build up their confidence, make friends and most importantly have fun. By providing increased early learning and childcare hours, we're ensuring that Renfrewshire children have the best start in life. 


Who qualifies?

All 3 and 4 year olds will qualify for 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare by August 2020. 2 year olds that meet the following criteria will also qualify:

  • Children who have been looked after* by a foster carer or a family member at any time since their 2nd birthday
  • Children who come from households in receipt of the following benefits or credits:
    • Income Support
    • Job Seekers Allowance
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • Universal Credit

*this includes kinship care orders or children looked after by a parent appointed guardian

For further advice on eligibility, take a look at the Scottish Government's guidelines and our Guidance Notes for Parents.


When is it happening?

From August 2020 all qualifying children will be offered 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare. Until then, children will continue to receive their 600 hours entitlement.

Early uptake of 1140 hours will be offered to parents in local authority and approved providers where there is space to do so. Spaces will be allocated in line with the council's admission policy with priority given according to a child's age, where they live and whether their parent or carer is in employment, training, education or in receipt of income-based benefits.


Where will extra early learning and childcare be provided for my child?

Your child will be able to access 1140 early learning and childcare hours at a Renfrewshire Council nursery, at a private nursery or with a local childminder. A full list of our funded providers can be found here.

So that we'll have room for everyone, we'll also be making some improvements to existing Renfrewshire Council nurseries and building new ones. We're looking forward to creating bright and exciting spaces for learning by delivering the following building projects.

New Build Early Learning and Childcare Centres (ELCC)

Houston ELCC

Renfrew area

Dargavel area, Bishopton

Hawkhead area

Extensions to existing ELCC, Kilbarchan Community Nursery & Inchinnan Primary School

St Margaret's ELCC

St Catherine's ELCC

Williamsburgh ELCC

Glendee ELCC

Kilbarchan Community Nursery

Inchinnan Community Nursery 

Refurbishment of existing ELCC

Ralston ELCC

Bridge of Weir ELCC

West Johnstone ELCC

Auchenlodment ELCC

Glenfield ELCC

Mossvale ELCC

Todholm ELCC

Gallowhill ELCC

Hollybush ELCC

Glenburn ELCC

Lochwinnoch ELCC

East Fulton ELCC

Ferguslie ELCC

Heriot ELCC

St Anne's ELCC

Paisley ELCC


My child goes to a Renfrewshire Council nursery. What are my early learning and childcare options?

We know that parents and carers need childcare to be flexible. In nurseries operated by Renfrewshire Council, you'll be able to choose from the following early learning and childcare options:

  • A service open from 8am - 6pm for 50 weeks a year
  • A 'school day' service providing 6 hours per day over 38 weeks

For example, 9am - 3pm during the school year

  • 22.8 hours over 2.5 days for 50 weeks with places available anytime from 8am - 6pm

For example, 8am - 5pm for two days and one day 8am - 12.45pm

  • 25 hours per week over 45.6 weeks in either a morning or an afternoon place

For example, 8am - 1pm or 1pm - 6pm Monday to Friday

Extra hours can be used during both term time and school holidays. It will also be possible to create a blended childcare arrangement, whereby children can go to nursery for part of the week and a childminder for the remainder.

Children attending nursery over the lunchtime period will also be entitled to a funded meal.

If your circumstances change and your need to review your early learning and childcare hours, speak to your child's nursery or childminder as they'll be best placed to advise you on an alternative arrangement.


My child goes to a private or voluntary nursery or a local childminder. What are my early learning and childcare options?

The options of early learning and childcare hours provided by private and voluntary nurseries and childminders may differ slightly from these options. You'll be advised of the childcare options available to you when you apply for an early learning and childcare place with one of our funded providers.


How do I apply and when?

You should apply for a funded early learning and childcare place by submitting an application form to your preferred nursery or funded provider. All applications made prior to August 2020 will be for 600 hours as per the current funded entitlement. Once this increases in August next year, we'll let you know what you need to do to apply for 1140 hours.

Completed application forms can be emailed directly to your preferred nursery or funded provider. Forms can be completed offline too; request a paper copy from your chosen early learning and childcare provider and return it to them once complete. Please note that you'll need your child's original birth certificate and proof of address to apply.

You can submit an application for an early learning and childcare place once your child is 2 years old.

2 year olds that qualify for a funded early learning and childcare place would start going to a nursery or a childminder the term after their second birthday. 

3 year olds would start the month after their third birthday.


I've submitted my application. What happens now?

All applications are considered by the Early Learning Childcare Admissions Panel which meets on a regular basis. Once a place has been allocated to your child, the Head of Centre at your preferred nursery or your preferred childminder will get back in touch with you.

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