All 3 and 4 year olds in Scotland and eligible 2 year olds, are currently entitled to 600 hours of funded (free) access to Early Learning and Childcare (ELC), nursery provision. The Scottish Government has announced that this will rise to 1140 hours by 2020.
The expansion in hours is intended to support child development, help close the attainment gap through the provision of high quality services; and support parents and carers to return to work, train or study. The increase in ELC hours will use four key principles as outlined within A Blueprint for 2020: the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland
An important part of how we increase funded early learning and childcare hours is to ensure there are a range of choices on offer. Parents and Carers will have a variety of needs which will shape their preferences for how the 1140 hours might be provided. Because of this, the council is working closely with partner provider nurseries and with local childminders to try to ensure parents and carers can access funded hours in the way which best meets their family's needs.
Read Our Journey towards 1140 hours here (All About the Expansion of ELC)