Earlier in the year we asked parents/carers to complete a survey on their experiences of 1140 hours of early learning and childcare. The survey was live online via East Lothian Council’s consultation hub. Paper copies were also available for anyone without internet access.
We are pleased that a large number of parent/carers responded, giving their individual views and experiences of 1140 hours so far. However the large number means that it is taking longer than anticipated to collate all responses and comments to support us to fully understand the views of our parents/carers in relation to the existing service. Once this is completed we will make the results of the consultation available through our 1140 website.
As we work to understand parent/carer views, and potential future considerations for our service, it has been agreed that nurseries will continue with the current models for the academic year 2022 to 2023. Confirmation of nursery places for an August start will be sent out to parents/carers before 30 April.
All parents with children attending nursery will know that, in accordance with Scottish Government guidance on COVID, certain safeguards have been in place. The number of staff off work and children absent from nursery due to COVID has varied from nursery to nursery. In some instances the number of staff off work has meant that the staff: child ratios required cannot be met, meaning the nursery has to close. Closing the nursery is not something that we want to do and is always a last resort after everything else, including asking supply staff to cover, has been explored.
We would like to thank you for your understanding when these decisions have had to be taken. We continue to work within Early Learning and Childcare Scottish Government COVID guidance in all our settings.
Funded nursery hours
From August 2021, funded nursery hours increased from 600 to 1140 hours for all 3-5 year olds and eligible 2 year-olds. You can receive your hours in a school or private nursery, childminder or community group. The information on these pages will help you to understand what your options are.
In East Lothian we have:
- School nurseries
- Funded nurseries
- Community groups
Funded hours are available for eligible 2 year olds, and all 3 and 4 year olds in these settings.