Education - Early Learning & Childcare

Who will process?

The personal information provided in the Early Learning and Childcare Application Form (the “Personal Information”) will be processed by East Dunbartonshire Council 12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch, G66 1TJ (the “Council”).

You can contact the Council on:
0300 123 4510
customerservices@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

Why it will be processed

The Personal Information will be used to assess and determine eligibility for an Early Learning and Childcare place within East Dunbartonshire and also to assess eligibility for government funding towards the placement. If eligible, the Personal Information will be used to process and allocate the placement and to set up and produce invoices where appropriate.

Who will have access to the Personal information?

The Personal Information will be shared with other departments within East Dunbartonshire Council and other organisations for this purpose and also to:

  • check the information we hold is accurate;
  • prevent and / or detect crime; and
  •  protect public funds. 

Other organisations may include the requested early learning and childcare centre, bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, other councils, public sector agencies, governmental departments, regulatory and law enforcement bodies, bodies carrying out data matching exercises and other private companies or entities (such as service providers/contractors to the Council and/or partner bodies). 

We will also generally comply with requests for specific information from other regulatory and law enforcement bodies where this is necessary and appropriate.

Set out below are some examples of who we share Your Information with and why:

Example 1:

Our accounts are required to be audited by the Accounts Commission. Your Information may be shared with the Accounts Commission or any auditors they appoint as part of the audit under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

Example 2:

If you have requested a place at an early learning and childcare centre which is a partnership centre (e.g. not an East Dunbartonshire Council run centre), the Personal Information will require to be shared with the requested partnership centre.

Example 3:

Audit Scotland may require us to take part in data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud and other crime under the terms of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000.

Data matching involves comparing sets of data held by one body, against other records held by another body. Your Information may therefore be used as part of a data matching exercise.

Example 4:

We use a computerised system called SEEMIS to hold and process educational data. The Personal Information will be uploaded and held on the SEEMIS system and the fact you have applied for an early learning and childcare centre place will be recorded.

What is the lawful basis for the Council to process the Personal Information?

The use of the Personal Information is necessary for the Council to comply with its legal obligations under the following legislation:

  • The Education (Scotland) Act 1980
  • The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
  • The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (to ensure proper administration of the Council’s financial affairs (including the detection and/or prevention of fraud) (and providing such information as necessary to the Accounts Commission);
  • the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (disclosure of data to Audit Scotland for data matching)

Do I have to provide the Personal Information?

You do not have to provide the Personal Information to us. Without the correct information however we will not be able to process the Early Learning and Childcare application and we will therefore be unable to allocate a placement.

How long will you keep the Personal Information?

East Dunbartonshire Council uses the Scottish Council on Archives Records Retention Schedules to manage the amount of time the Council keeps information.  Further information on these can be found here: https://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/resources/scarrs/

If you are searching SCARRS the Reference which covers the Personal Information for Early Learning and Childcare purposes is:  10.002.012

We will hold the Personal Information from the end of the school session in which the Early Learning and Childcare application was made for a period of 3 years. The Personal Information will be retained for the minimum period necessary. The Personal Information will then be destroyed after this period.

What are my rights?

  • Right of Access – you have the right to access the personal information we hold about you.  This right is called a Subject Access Request, often referred to as a SAR.  You can receive a copy of your personal data held by us, details on why it is being used, who it has been / will be shared with, how long it will be held for, the source of the information and if we use computer systems profile or take decisions about you.  Details on how to submit a Subject Access Request can be found here: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/data-protection/subject-access-request
  • Right to Rectification of Personal Data - You have the right to request that we correct any personal data held about you that is inaccurate.
  • Right to Erasure of Personal Data - You have the right to request that we delete personal data about you. This is known as the right to be forgotten.  You can request erasure of personal data in certain circumstances for example: i) the personal data is no longer necessary for the purpose it was collected; ii) it is  being processed unlawfully; iii) the personal data has to be erased due to a legal obligation we are subject to.
  • Right to Restrict Processing - You have the right to request that we restrict processing your personal data if: i) you think the personal data is inaccurate; ii) the processing is unlawful; iii) we no longer need the personal data but you may need it for legal purposes; or iii) you object to us processing for the performance of a public interest task or the official authority vested in us.

Who do I contact if I have any concerns and / or complaints?

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office should you be unhappy with the way we have processed Your Information. Details on how to report a concern can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

Should you have any questions or concerns about our handling of Your Information you can contact Our Data Protection Officer:
Karen Donnelly
Data Protection Officer
East Dunbartonshire Council
12 Strathkelvin Place
Kirkintilloch
G66 1TJ
Tel: 0300 123 4510
Email: DPO@eastdunbarton.gov.uk