We have 32 nurseries within our primary schools. All of our settings will operate one of two models:
- School year (38 weeks a year)
- Full year (48 weeks a year)
As nurseries do not operate catchment areas (unlike schools), parents can choose from any local authority setting offering the model they would prefer. Alternatively, you can choose to take your funded hours with a funded provider (private nursery, childminder or community group) or a blend of these options. This, along with the ability to choose provision that will run throughout the traditional school holiday periods, offers greater flexibility.
School year (38 weeks)
Children will attend Monday to Thursday (6.5 hours) and Friday mornings (4 hours) during term times only – you can view the calendars for 2022/23 and 2023/24 online. A snack and lunch will be provided free of charge.
Full year (48 weeks)
Children will attend nursery throughout the year except Christmas holidays and in-service days/ public holidays - you can view the calendars for 2022/23 and 2023/24 online. A snack and lunch will be provided free of charge.
Full year (48 weeks) 2 day model
Children will attend either Monday and Tuesday (9.5 hours) or Wednesday and Thursday (9.5 hours) plus allocated Fridays. The 48 week model has been calculated to accommodate any closures on a Friday/Monday due to public holidays and in-service days, with the hours being divided across the full year. This means that each child will receive their full entitlement of hours regardless of the days they attend.
Full year (48 weeks) 3 & 4 day model
Choosing a setting
The nursery you choose will determine which model of hours your child will receive.
You can choose to take your hours with more than one provider.
Blended placements in council settings
What this will look like will depend on whether you are attending a council setting for 38 or 48 weeks per year.
- For children attending 38 weeks - you would receive three full days (6.5 hours per day) at your council setting, and one 10 hour day with a funded provider over 40 weeks – a partner nursery, childminder or playgroup.
- For children attending 48 weeks - you would receive two full days (9.5 hours per day) at your council setting, and
- if your child attends on Monday/Tuesday at the council setting – up to 5 hours per week over 50 weeks or up to 25 x 10 hour sessions (250 hours) at the funded provider
- if your child attends on Wednesday/Thursday at the council setting – up to 4 hours per week over 50 weeks or up to 20 x 10 hours sessions (200 hours) at the funded provider
- For children attending 48 weeks (3 Day Model) - you would receive two days at your council nursery, and up to 7 hours per week over 50 weeks or up to 35 x 10 hour sessions (350 hours) at the funded provider
- For children attending 48 weeks (4 Day Model) - you would receive three days at your council nursery, and up to 5 hours per week over 50 weeks or up to 25 x 10 hour sessions (250 hours) at the funded provider
Some funded providers will offer different funding models. Please contact them direct to find out the model offered before making your decision.
East Lothian Council’s model of funded blended placements cannot make adjustments for individual circumstances. The funded models offered are in line with the Scottish Government guidance which states that although funding follows the child this does not however mean unfettered choice for parents. There is no expectation that local authorities or any individual provider will tailor bespoke packages for every individual child.
If you would like to request a blended placement, please refer to the blended models above, discuss this with your current funded provider and arrange to complete the necessary funding paperwork with them.
Once the blended placement has been agreed and the funding paperwork submitted no change can be made to this placement during that term.
Placement changes will only be considered in exceptional circumstances such as a house move to another town or village outwith the funded provider's cluster.