About 1140 hours
In 2015 the Scottish Government announced the expansion of funded early learning and childcare from 600 to 1140 hours a year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the date this was to be introduced was moved to August 2021. From this date all 3-5 year olds and eligible 2-year olds have been able to receive 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare each year. This will allow parents more opportunities to access education, training and employment.
We worked closely with our own staff, funded providers and childminders to roll out the introduction of 1140 hours in East Lothian. From August 2021 all children have been able to access 1140hours in our nurseries.
Choice of providers
The expansion to 1140 hours applies across council nurseries and our funded providers: private nurseries, childminders and community groups. You can choose which of these providers will best meet your child's needs. All funded providers must meet the National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare as outlined in our funded provider agreement.
You can choose to take your 1140 hours with more than one provider. This is known as a blended placement.
Scottish Government Guidance states that in order to minimise the number of contacts and risk of COVID-19 transmission, “attendance at multiple early learning and childcare settings should be reduced as far as possible. Parents and carers should be encouraged and supported to limit the number of settings their child attends, ideally ensuring their child only attends the same setting consistently” All providers are following this guidance and it may mean they are unable to support blended placements at this time.
If you would like to request a blended placement, please refer to our blended models and discuss this with your current funded provider. Please note that payments for funded hours can only be made once the blended placement has been agreed with the provider.
Eligible 2 year-olds
Depending on your circumstances, your child may be eligible for a space on or after they turn 2 years-old. This may be because you receive qualifiying benefits, because the child is looked after or with a kinship carer, or because you are care experienced. Spaces for eligible 2 year-olds will more commonly be offered through funded providers (private nurseries, playgroups and childminders) rather than in school settings. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for a space.