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Your questions answered on 1140 hours of early learning and childcare

Got a question about applying for 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)? We've pulled together a list of questions that you might have about 1140 ELC. 

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Where can I get 1140 hours for my child?

Your child will be able to access 1140 early learning and childcare hours at a Renfrewshire Council nursery or at an approved funded provider - a private or voluntary nursery or childminder from August 2020.  You can find a full list of our approved funded providers on our website.

So that we'll have room for everyone, we are also building 3 new local authority nurseries, in Dargavel, Kirklandneuk and Lochfield.


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 (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, but not Working Tax Credit and based on an income threshold **
    • Child tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and based on an income threshold **
    • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • Universal Credit and your household take-home pay based on a threshold**

*this includes looked after by a local council, the subject of a kinship care order and the subject of a guardianship order

**For further advice on eligibility and current thresholds, take a look at the Scottish Government's guidelines and our admissions leaflets under 'related documents'.


What age does my child need to be before I can apply?

You can submit an application for an early learning and childcare place once your child is 2-years old, or earlier if your child meets the criteria for eligible 2-year-olds.


When do I need to apply?

If your child will be 3-years-old by August 2020 or will turn three after August 2020 and before 28 February 2021, you should apply now.

If you have a 2-year-old who meets the eligible 2-year-old criteria mentioned previously, you should also apply now.


How do I apply?

You can apply for a funded early learning and childcare by completing an application form and returning it to your preferred nursery or childminder. Paper copy application forms will be available from your chosen nursery or childminder.

Please note that you'll need your child's original full birth certificate and proof of address to apply.


What options do I have to choose from?

In nurseries operated by Renfrewshire Council, you'll be able to choose from the following early learning and childcare options:

  • Term time placement

For example, 5 sessions of 6 hours per day over 38 weeks

  • Year-round placement

For example, a morning (8am - 1pm) or afternoon (1pm - 6pm) session for 48 weeks
or
2.5 days per week for 48 weeks; extended day for up to 10 hours

It will also be possible to create a blended childcare arrangement, whereby children can go to more than one early learning and childcare setting, including childminders, across a week.

The options for early learning and childcare hours provided by private and voluntary nurseries and childminders may differ slightly from those provided by the council. 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 approved funded providers.


My child is already at a Renfrewshire Council nursery receiving 600 hours ELC. How can I submit my preferences for 1140 hours?

The Headteacher or Head of Centre at your child's nursery will ask you to complete a form to indicate your preferred placement for 1140 hours.


My child is already registered with a Renfrewshire Council nursery and is due to start in August 2020. What should I do?

The Headteacher or Head of Centre at your child's nursery will contact you and ask that you complete a form to indicate your preferred placement for 1140 hours.


My child goes to an approved funded provider. What do I need to do?

You should speak to your child's early learning and childcare provider for advice.


I want to apply to an approved funded provider. How do I do that?

You should complete an application form and take it to your preferred provider. A full list of Renfrewshire Council's approved funded providers can be found here.


I have a child that currently attends the nursery and another child that is due to start soon. I need them to have the same placements. What do I do about this?

You should state the names and ages of other children in your family on the application form. You should also talk to Headteacher or Head of Centre at that nursery to make them aware of your circumstances. We will take this information into consideration when allocating places.  


My child is due to go to a nursery that hasn't been built yet. How should I submit my application form?

Hand in your completed application form as follows:

  • Dargavel - hand in to Bishopton Primary School
  • Kirklandneuk - hand in to Kirklandneuk Primary School
  • Lochfield - hand in to Todholm Primary School

What are the benefits of children attending nursery for 1140 hours of early learning and childcare?

We are already seeing the benefits on children's learning and development by having access to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare. These include learning through play, improving their communication skills, building up their confidence, making friends and most importantly having fun. Increased early learning and childcare hours is ensuring that Renfrewshire children have the best start in life. 

The additional hours also benefit parents by keeping money in their pocket and affording them more time for work, training or study.  


What happens if my circumstances change?

If you 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.


Why can't my child get 1140 hours of early learning and childcare now?

From August 2020 all qualifying children will be offered 1140 hours of approved 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. The Headteacher or Head of Centre will advise you if your child is to be offered the increased hours.


When does my 1140 ELC funding start?

Funding will commence from the child's official start date as advised by the early learning and childcare centre or class, or childminder.

Two-year olds who meet the qualifying criteria for a funded early learning and childcare place would start going to nursery or to a childminder the term after their second birthday:

If your child is born from:They will be eligible for 2-year-old place from:
March to AugustAugust
September to DecemberJanuary
January and FebruaryApril

All children ages 3 and 4 are eligible for an early learning and childcare place, with three-year olds becoming eligible as follows:

If your child is born on or between:They will be eligible for a funded early learning and childcare place from:
March to AugustAutumn term (August)
September to FebruaryMonth after their 3rd birthday

Do I have to take up 1140 early learning and childcare hours?

No, the hours are an entitlement, not a requirement, so you can choose to take all or part of the hours available to you.


Do I need to give my child a packed lunch?

From August 2020, children attending nursery over the lunchtime period will be entitled to a funded lunch.


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. Applications for August 2020 will be considered at this panel around the spring holiday. Once a place has been allocated to your child, the Headteacher or Head of Centre at your preferred nursery or your preferred childminder will get back in touch with you by the end of April 2020.


What if I don't get the placement that I asked for?

Another Headteacher or Head of Centre will contact you to offer you a place at their nursery if there is no place available at your preferred early learning and childcare centre or class.

If you are concerned that we have not considered your application properly, please discuss this with the Headteacher or Head of Centre at your preferred nursery or approved childminder that you have originally applied to.

If the matter is not resolved, you can also contact Children's Services at the address below (see bottom of page).


Last updated Monday 9 December 2019