Early learning and childcare provision

Early Learning and Childcare is provided by a number of services across East Dunbartonshire.

Parents and carers can choose for their eligible children to receive their 600 hours funded provision the day after their child’s third birthday* at any Early Learning and Childcare Centre that best meets their needs, whether it is local authority, private or voluntary sector. 

Local Authorities are the guarantors of quality provision, Providers wishing to provide funded early learning and childcare in East Dunbartonshire are required to meet clear standards in relation to quality and other criteria.  Contracts are awarded over a two or three year period to providers that meet these standards and criteria.  Over the course of the contract, providers receive support, advice and training, including additional support to help improve the quality of provision should it be required. Funded provider contracts are due to be renewed in May 2019.

If a provider is no longer in partnership with the Council, parents would be informed and provided with advice and support on the options available to them.  Parents should contact the private or voluntary provider for more information or the Early Years Team 0300 124510.

*Where a child’s 3rd Birthday falls within a holiday period, funding will commence the first day of the next funding period.  

The tabs below detail current funded providers.  For more information on the individual centres, please contact them directly.

Local Authority Centres

Local Authority Centres



Auchinairn Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Beech Rd, Bishopbriggs

0141 955 2289

Baljaffray Grampian Way, Bearsden 0141 943 1738
Castlehill Rosslyn Rd, Bearsden 0141 955 2215
Campsie View Boghead Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2339
Cleddens Early Learning and Childcare Centre Kirriemuir Rd, Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2291
Clober Kirk St, Milngavie 0141 955 2233
Colquhoun Park Canniesburn Rd, Bearsden 0141 955 2258
Craighead Craighead Rd, Milton of Campsie 0141 955 2271
Gartconner Gartshore Rd, Kirkintilloch 0141 955 2323
Hillhead Newdyke Rd, Kirkintilloch

0141 955 2317

Holy Family Boghead Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2212
Killermont Aviemore Gds, Bearsden 0141 955 2264
Lennoxtown School lane, Lennoxtown 0141 955 2267
Lenzie Meadow Moss Rd, Lenzie 0141 955 2367
Meadowburn Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs 0141 955 2293
Meadowburn Gaelic
  Lendale Lane Bishopbriggs
0141 955 2293
Milngavie Hillhead St, Milngavie 0141 955 2251
Torrance West Rd, Torrance 0141 955 2229
Twechar Main St, Twechar 0141 955 2331

Funded Providers

Bearsden/Milngavie/Torrance Areas




Baldernock Playgroup

Baldernock PS School House, Fluchter Road, Balmore, Torrance G64 4AS

0141 955 2343

The Bearsden Nursery

50a Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2RH

0141 942 9499

Bearsden South Church Nursery

59 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 2SU

07811 915 357

Buchanan Nursery

3 Grampian Way, Bearsden, G61 4SP

0141 570 0133

Canniesburn Nursery

10 Switchback Rd, Bearsden, G61 1QN

0141 942 9221

Glasgow Academy Milngavie

Mugdock Rd, Milngavie, G62 8NP

0141 956 3758

The High School of Glasgow Junior School

27 Ledcameroch Rd, Bearsden, G61 4AE

0141 942 0158

The Hillfoot Nursery

200 Milngavie Rd, Bearsden, G61 3DH

0141 942 0383

Maxholme Pre School Playgroup

Bearsden Scout Hall, Jubilee Path, Bearsden, G61 2RH

07953 554 635

New Kilpatrick Nursery

New Kilpatrick Old Church Halls, Douglas Place, Bearsden, G61 3SH

07713 742 311

Westerton Nursery

Westerton Community Halls, 82 Maxwell Ave, Bearsden, G61 1NZ

07999 366 229

Green Forest Nursery

Langbank Farm, Langbank Holdings, Dowan Road, Milngavie G62 6EL 0141 956 2300

Bishopbriggs Area

Bishopbriggs Village Nursery

Cadder South Church Halls, Kirkintilloch Rd, Bishopbriggs, G64 2LS

07908 065 079

Happitots Day Nursery

28 Colston Drive, Bishopbriggs, G64 2AZ

0141 772 4708

Happy Days - Bishopbriggs

147 Balmuildy Rd, Bishopbriggs, G64 3HD

0141 772 6142

Kirkintilloch/Lenzie/Milton of Campsie/Lennoxtown Areas

Cedar Nursery

Cedar Dr, Lenzie, G66 4RD

0141 775 3967

Craighead Childcare Centre

Craighead CE Centre, Craighead Road, Milton of Campsie, G66 8DL

01360 312 276

Happy Days Nursery

4-18 Ledgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1PZ

0141 776 5009

Kidsplay Childcare

12-15 Lower Whitegates, Lenzie Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 3BQ

0141 776 3003

Riverside Childcare

Block 4, Units 1 & 2, Kirkintilloch Industrial Estate, Milton Rd, Kirkintilloch, G66 1SY

0141 777 7773

St Mary’s Nursery

St Mary’s Parish Church, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1JT

0141 775 1166

Tender Loving Childcare

5 Hillhead Rd, Kirkintilloch, G66 2HA

0141 578 0500

The Tower Nursery 1 Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie, G66 4LI 0141 588 5515


From August 2020, parents and carers can choose to take some or all of their child's early learning and childcare funded entitlement with a Care Inspectorate registered Childminder that meets the Scottish Government National Standard and wishes to work in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council.  Please see the "Expansion to 1140 funded hours" page for more information.

Further information on childminders in the area can be found on the following websites:
Scottish Families Information Service 
Scottish Childminding Association
Care Inspectorate


  1. When should I register my child for an ELC place

Applications can be made using the new online forms with effect from 14 January 2020 for session August 2020- July 2021. The closing date is the 28 February 2020 and any applications received after that date are considered as late.

Applications are open for children who turn 3 years old March – June/July 2020 from Monday 3 June with a closing date of 30 August 2019. (see details below)

If your child’s third birthday falls between 1 March 2020 and 26 June 2020, your child will be eligible for 600 hours funding (pro - rata) the day after their birthday* in non-local authority centres providing funded childcare and in East Dunbartonshire early learning and childcare centres.

If your child’s third birthday falls between 1 March 2020 and 30 July 2020, your child will be eligible for 1140 hours funding (pro - rata) the day after their birthday* in the following centres**:

Auchinairn ELC

Lennoxtown ELC

Hillhead ELC

Twechar ELC

If your child's 3rd birthday falls between 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2020, you will already have submitted your application.

Funding from third birthday

  1. How much does extended care cost?

 You can purchase additional hours at a cost of 0-2 £4.93 and 2-5 £4.50 per hour and lunch for £2.43. This rate changes in August each year.

  1. How can I pay?

Fees are invoiced monthly in advance and can be paid by various methods:

Online on our payments page

  • At any of our Hubs
  • Direct debit
  • Standing order
  • Voucher payment
  1. What are the holiday closure dates for extended year attendance for local authority ELC’s?

School holidays

  1. How do I contact Shared Services / Early Years?

Email earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Tel:  03001234510