Entitlement to funded Early Learning and Childcare from August 2020

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Dundee City Council remains committed to delivering the Early Learning and Childcare (nursery) expansion in all Local Authority Nurseries and Funded Providers. Whilst it is no longer our duty to provide 1140 hours by August 2020, we have worked hard to be in a position so that all eligible children can benefit from high quality Early Learning and Childcare.

Following the current Scottish Government ELC recovery guidance to support the reopening of wider ELC services, all eligible children aged 3 years to 5 years and some two year olds will be offered up to 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare in all Local Authority Nurseries and Funded Providers.

What models of funded Early Learning and Childcare will be available in Dundee from August 2020?

Across the Dundee City Council area a number of providers will offer funded hours including Local Authority nurseries, some private and voluntary sector providers and childminders.

Local Authority Nurseries

All eligible children aged 3 years to 5 years and some 2 year olds, who are enrolled in a Local Authority nursery, will be offered up to 1140 hours of free Early Learning and Childcare by early September 2020.

Local authority nurseries will continue to follow settling in procedures for young children and will contact parents directly with updated information on the exact times children will be attending nursery.

Should you have any questions, please contact earlyyears@dundeecity.gov.uk

The contact details for each Local Authority nursery are available to download here https://bit.ly/3iNKB3j

Private or voluntary sector funded providers or childminders working in partnership with the Local Authority

Funded providers working in partnership with the Local Authority to deliver free funded hours are also implementing the government advice for re-opening of childcare services.

From 10th August, funded places up to 1140 hours for eligible children will be available at the following funded providers

List of ELC funded providers working in partnership with the Local Authority - https://bit.ly/3fp4gV6

Please contact your preferred funded provider for more details of the placements available as these will vary across all providers. Families who have already applied, will hear directly from their child’s preferred provider.

Once full service delivery is in place, various models of 1140 hrs provision will be available including:

Local Authority

  • School term time only (around 30 hours per week)
  • 49 weeks of the year (around 23 hours and 20 minutes per week)

Private or voluntary sector funded providers or childminders working in partnership with the Local Authority

  • Various models – information is available from each funded provider

In many Early Learning and Childcare settings, families will have the opportunity to top up these funded hours with hours they pay for themselves.

Applying for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place in a Local Authority Nursery

If you have not already done so, you can apply for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place at a Local Authority nursery- link to application form. https://bit.ly/2VS6bZV

Staff in each Local Authority nursery can advise families on the service they can provide, so please contact them directly.

If you wish to apply to Baluniefield Nursery (opening delayed) as your first choice of nursery, please complete and return your application to your nearest Local Authority nursery.

Applying for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place in a private or voluntary sector provider or childminder working in partnership with the Local Authority

Applications for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place at a private or voluntary sector provider or childminder working in partnership with the Local Authority should be made directly to the individual services. Information about the various models of provision offered by them is available from each provider.

The contact details for funded providers working in partnership with the Local Authority are available to download here https://bit.ly/3fp4gV6

You can also view further information about Early Learning and Childcare funded providers at our Dundee area of www.families.scot

Do families have to use all the funded hours?

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

When can families start claiming their funded hours?

It depends on a child’s birthday. Families can claim their free hours the first new term after their child’s third birthday.

If your child’s date of birth is on or between: 1 March 2017 – 31 August 2017
He/she may be eligible for a funded Early Learning and Childcare place from:   August 2020 (Autumn Term)
If your child’s date of birth is on or between: 1 September 2017 – 31 December 2017
He/she may be eligible for a funded Early
Learning and Childcare place from:  
January 2021 (Spring Term)
If your child’s date of birth is on or between: 1 January 2018 – 28 February 2021
He/she may be eligible for a funded Early
Learning and Childcare place from:
April 2021 (Summer Term)