Expansion to 1140 funded hours

The Scottish Government is investing in near doubling the number of funded hours for all children aged 3 and 4 year old and eligible 2 year olds to 1140 hours by August 2020.  This is in recognition that the earliest years of life are crucial for every child, based on evidence that clearly shows that if the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) offer is of high quality, it will help children to fulfill their potential and contribute to closing the poverty-related attainment gap.  The guiding principles for the expansion are that all funded early learning and childcare provision offers quality, flexibility, accessibility and affordability for children, parents and carers.

This exciting time of change in Early Years is creating new opportunities for everyone involved.  In East Dunbartonshire Council, a phased approach to implementing plans for 1140 hours is ongoing and progressing well.  Since August 2018, 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds in the Auchinairn, Hillhead, Lennoxtown and Twechar areas have been accessing 1140 funded hours a year, with very positive feedback from parents and employees.  This also includes pilots using a ‘blended approach’ – blending the entitlement between Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Childminders.  Pilots will continue throughout 2019/20 in these areas, to ensure the delivery model for all children in August 2020 is the best it can be.

Auchinairn ELC has been piloting 1140 lunches for all children from August 2018. From August 2019 this will be rolled out across our other 3 centres that are delivering 1140 hours in Hillhead, Lennoxtown and Twechar.

From August 2019 as part of our phased approach eligible children who meet the criteria below can apply for 1140 hours in their allocated local authority centre and funded provider centres. This will be subject to availability. Where there is no capacity, a place will be offered where there is space.

Children on the child protection register or looked after;

  • Children who live in an area which is Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 1 and 2;
  • Children from households in receipt of these benefits.

a. Income Support(IS)
b. Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
c. any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
d. Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
e. State Pension Credit
f. Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit and income is less than£16,105
g. both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and income is under £7,320*
h. support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
i. Universal Credit (this can be claimed if income is less than £610 per month)

Funded Providers in the private and third sector and Childminders are working closely with the Council to ensure the expansion principles shape the services for August 2020.  See the tabs below for more information.

*figure is subject to change

Funded Providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector, including Childminders

Funded providers is a term introduced by the Scottish Government to mean any provider of the funded early learning and childcare hours; including local authority provision, private sector businesses, third sector ‘not-for-profit’ organisations, and Childminders.

In order to become a funded provider with East Dunbartonshire Council for 1140 hours, providers will be required to meet the Scottish Government National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare providers. Local Authorities are the guarantors of quality provision.  Funded provider contracts for delivering the 1140 entitlement will be due in May 2020 and this webpage will be updated with more information in due course.  Contracts will be awarded to providers that meet the National Standard in relation to standards and criteria.  Funded providers will continue to receive support, advice and training over the course of their contract, including additional support to help improve the quality of provision should it be required.   If a provider is no longer a funded provider with the Council, parents would be informed and provided with advice and support on the options available to them by both the provider and the local authority. 

Current funded providers with East Dunbartonshire  are determining their business plans for delivering 1140 hours by August 2020.  The Scottish Government has published operating guidance to assist in planning , and holds regular meetings with representatives from the sector.

The Council meets regularly with current funded providers and are committed to working together to provide the best offer for families and children in East Dunbartonshire.  There will be a one-year tender process for becoming/continuing being a funded provider for the academic year 2019/20; and instructions will follow on the processes for academic year 2020/21 in due course.

A Childminding Summit will take place in November to give local Childminders more information on becoming a funded provider in East Dunbartonshire.  Click HERE to register for the event.

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, please visit the Care Inspectorate website

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

Parents and Carers

From August 2020, all eligible 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds will be eligible to receive 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

Across East Dunbartonshire, the Council and funded providers in the private and third sector, including Childminders, will be providing high quality early learning and childcare that is flexible to your needs, affordable and accessible.  Local Authorities are the guarantors of quality.

Local Authorities are the guarantors of quality provision.  Providers wishing to provide the 1140 hours funded early learning and childcare in East Dunbartonshire from 2020/21 will be required to meet a National Standard, with clear standards in relation to quality and other criteria. Contracts will be awarded to providers that meet these standards and criteria.  Over the course of the contract, providers will receive support, advice and training, including additional support to help improve the quality of provision should it be required. 

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.

Following extensive consultation with communities and families, the Council will offer extended day, extended year provision in the majority of centres, in line with the extended year calendar.  Parents and carers can choose to use half days, 8am to 12.45pm or 1pm to 5.45pm, or full days, 8am to 6pm, funded for up to 24 hours per week, over a 48 week period.  There will be opportunities to purchase hours over and above the funded hours.  There will be opportunities to ‘blend’ the funded hours with a local Childminder.

A recent consultation with the community in Milton of Campsie and Torrance highlighted the need for an extended day, extended year centre in Torrance to allow flexibility and accessibility for families. As a result, our Early Learning Centre there will open from 8am-6pm. In Milton of Campsie, feedback showed that there was demand for a term time model within the local authority centre so it will operate from 9am-3pm to complement what is already offered by the funded provider within the village.

The funded provider tab above will have a variety of models of delivery, and parents and carers can find out more through their individual websites or on the CHIS website

Children attending funded hours will be entitled to a free meal, regardless of the provider.  This will be nutritionally balanced and in line with Care Inspectorate guidance: Setting the Table.

The East Dunbartonshire Council 1140 Expansion newsletters within the documents section will provide up-to-date information on the journey in East Dunbartonshire.  

The Scottish Government Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare provides more information on 1140, with a helpful glossary defining elements of the expansion.  

The Scottish Government Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: guidance for local authorities provides information through responding to Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about registering your child for early learning and childcare on our How do I Apply page

If you have any questions, please contact ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Early Years Practitioners - Employees

Current employee: 

The 1140 hours expansion is driving transformational change across all local authority early learning and childcare centres; and delivering a high quality service is a high quality, valued workforce.  Extensive engagement with employees has taken place over the last year in line with innovative staffing models that will meet the needs of the principles of the expansion.  This person-centred approach has resulted in existing staff gaining improved contracts, improved location base to be closer to home, and opportunities for leadership and promoted posts.  For any further questions on the expansion, employees should get in touch on the email:  ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Future employee:

This exciting time is resulting in many opportunities to develop a career in Early Years.  The Council is working with the Scottish Government and current funded providers to carry out engagement with young people in Secondary Schools, and to carry out open evenings to attract those wishing to change career and begin working in Early Learning and Childcare. 

There is a clear career pathway in Early Years, from modern apprenticeships to practitioners and senior leadership roles, in both local authorities and with funded providers in the private and third sector.  Current investment in the sector includes that staff will be supported to achieve professional qualifications throughout their career.

If you do not have an early years qualification but would like to work in early learning and childcare, you can consider working in an Early Years Support Worker role with the local authority whilst carrying out ‘on the job’ vocational training.  Funded Providers may also offer alternative routes to becoming an Early Years Practitioner.

Recruitment for both local authority and funded providers will be advertised on https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/ and ‘alerts’ can be set up for when posts are advertised.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact:  ELC1140@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Local Authority Early Learning and Childcare Facilities – including new builds

The Council currently has 18 local authority early learning and childcare centres: 16 attached to local primary schools and two stand-alone centres.  Centres will be improved in line with requirements for delivery of the principles of the expansion.  Three new centres will be built in the areas of Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch, and are due to open for August 2020. 

The table below sets out current plans for phasing to August 2020 delivery.  See how to apply for further information, including information on additional supported hours that may be available.

Additional hours may be available to purchase at local authority centres in the lead up to August 2020, during both term time and school holidays.  Parents and carers should contact their local ELC centre directly for more information.


Centre Name

When is the 1140 staffing model in place?

When will children receive 1140hrs?


Auchinairn, Hillhead, Lennoxtown, *Twechar





Holy Family


Jan 2019

Aug 2020


Baljaffray, Castlehill, Cleddens, Clober, Colquhoun Park, Gartconner, Lenzie Meadow, Milngavie

April 2019

Aug 2020


Craighead, Torrance, Killermont, Meadowburn Gaelic


Aug 2020


New builds:  Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch

Spring/ Summer 2020

Aug 2020


When will my child receive 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare?

Our pilot centres in Auchinairn, Hillhead, Lennoxtown and Twechar are currently providing 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare to 3 to 5 year olds and entitled 2 year olds.

From August 2019, entitled 3 to 5 year olds and entitled 2 year olds will be eligible to apply for 1140 hours in most of our centres. Supporting paperwork will be required when applying for 1140 hours of funding.

The rollout of 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare will take place from August 2020.

Greg Bremner, Education Officer at East Dunbartonshire Council speaks in August 2019 about planning for the expansion of early learning and childcare and how the Council is gearing up for this exciting change to early years: