FAQ's

When should I register my child for an ELC place for next year? (2019/2020)

Applications can be made using the new online forms with effect from 14 January 2019 for session 2019/2020. The closing date is the 28 February 2019 and any applications received after that date are considered as late.

What do I need to support my application for an ELC place?

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the new online form (this can be a photo taken on your smart phone). The following documents must be submitted electronically with the form or taken to your local Hub within 7 days quoting your online application reference number.

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Current Council Tax notice as proof of residency (if resident in East Dunbartonshire)
  • Utility bill within the last 3 months (if resident in East Dunbartonshire)
  • Proof of Guardianship (if applicable)
  • Completed verification form for eligible 2 year old (if applicable)

I do not have these documents. Can I still apply?

Yes you can apply, however your application will not move forward until you produce the documents required.

  • Child’s birth certificate – You can obtain a copy at your local Registration Office (there may be a charge for this).
  • Council Tax notice – If you cannot provide this please contact Shared Services, Education 0300 123 4510 or email earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk for further advice.
  • Utility bill – This can be a paper copy or screenshot/photo of online statement.

When will my child be entitled to a funded place at an ELC centre?

  • All 4 year old children are entitled to a funded place.
  • All 3 year old children are entitled to a funded place in the term following their 3rd birthday.

Children born between 1 March 2016 and 31 August 2016 can start in August 2019. 

Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016 can start in January 2020.

Children born between 1 January 2017 and 29 February 2017 can start in April 2020.

How much funding is my child entitled to?

Currently all 3 and 4 year old children living in East Dunbartonshire are entitled to a maximum of 600 hours per year which equates to a maximum of 16 hours a week over 38 weeks term time.

How do I register my child for a funded ELC place?

You can apply using one of our online application forms using the guidance notes for reference. If you are unable to complete the online application form you can request a paper copy by emailing earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

My child is 2 can they attend a Local Authority ELC centre

Yes, using the online application form you can apply for an unfunded place from their second birthday, or a funded place may be available from the term following their second birthday for an eligible 2 year old if you are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum CTC and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

Or if the child is:

  • Looked after
  • Under a kinship care order
  • With a parent appointed guardian

Please note: only certain centres provide places for 2 year olds.

I have not applied within the deadline – what do I do?

You can still apply after the deadline, however this will be considered as a late application. Late applications will be only be processed once all applications received before the deadline have been allocated.

If you have applied for an East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) centre after the closing date, we cannot guarantee there will be a place available. If you have applied for a Partnership Centre after the closing date, approval of all late applications will be subject to available budget.

When will I find out if I have an ELC space?

  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in August 2019 will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of June.
  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in January 2020 will be sent out beginning of September.
  • Early Years & Childcare allocation letters for children due to start at a Local Authority Centre in April 2020 will be sent out end of October.

Please note: All Partnership Centres allocation letters will be sent out to parents/carers at the beginning of June 2019.

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.

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

My child has just missed the cut off date. Can I apply for early funding?

East Dunbartonshire Admission Policy falls in line with The Scottish Government Statutory Guidance, and cut off points for funding is determined by this guidance.

The Admission Policy is reviewed annually and is passed through Council Committee. For this reason, we are unable to allocate funding early for children who miss the cut off dates.

Parents do have the option to purchase early entry places prior to the start date of funding.

Children with supporting factors can be referred for early entry consideration from health or education. A panel of professionals will consider the Request for Assistance application.

The provider I would like my child to attend is no longer in partnership with the Council, what should I do?

Parents should contact the private or voluntary provider for more information or the Early Years Team 0300 124510, who can provide information, advice and support on the options available to them. 

How can I come into early years as a career?

Select the link  to our Expansion to 1140 hours and open our Early Years Practitioners - Employees tab.

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.

Please check our 1140 information

My child is currently at a funded provider and they have told me that I cannot get funding for them to stay there.  What should I do now? 

  • Centres in the private and voluntary sector apply every two or three years to fund early learning and childcare in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council. 
  • The current contract is for one year only from August 2019 to August 2020.
  • It can happen that centres do not make funded provider status; there can be a variety of reasons for this as there are clear criteria, including quality that require to be met.
  • If you receive confirmation that the funded provider is no longer in partnership with the Council, you will have a number of options including moving to another private or voluntary provider or a local authority centre.

My child is at the provider at the moment – is their place still funded until end of June 2019?

Yes, it is for academic year 2019/20 that they will no longer be in contract with the Council.

Will the provider fund the 600 hours for next year 2019/20?

  • If the centre is does not have ‘funded provider’ status with the Council, this means that they cannot claim payment from the Council for your child’s entitled 600 hours per year of funded early learning and childcare.
  • The Council can provide you with an alternative centre, where your child can receive funding for 600 hours per year of early learning and childcare. 

What other centres are there?

The website has information on all of the local authority and funded providers in the area.  There are links to individual centre’s websites, which will offer more information.  The Shared Services team can tell you what centres are near to you, or are in a particular area.

Do you have enough places?

It will depend on where you apply to – Shared Services will do their best to accommodate your requests; if this can’t be done, Shared Services will work with you to find an alternative  that will fit your needs as best as possible. 

How do I contact Shared Services / Early Years?

Email earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Tel:  03001234510

I have applied for an extended place (half/ full day) at nursery for my child - however I have been allocated a sessional place.  Why is that? How can I get an extended place?

Some of the local authority early learning and childcare centres are very busy and allocations are made in line with the Admissions Policy.  It is unfortunate that you have not had the allocation that you hoped for.  It may be that another centre in East Dunbartonshire can accommodate the pattern you require.  Details of all local authority and funded providers are on the website, or you can phone Customer Services on 0300 1234510 or email Early Years Shared Services on earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk  for further information.  To address the demand and meet the requirements of the 1140 hours expansion, three new centres are due to be built over the next year - one in Milngavie (at the former St Joseph's Primary School site), one in Bearsden (at the former Brookwood Library site) and one at Southbank in Kirkintilloch.  These centres are due to open in August 2020.  

I have applied for a particular nursery but I have been allocated a different nursery.  Why is that?  Can I change this allocation?

Some of the local authority early learning and childcare centres are very busy and allocations are made in line with the Admissions Policy.  It is unfortunate that you have not had the allocation that you hoped for.  It may be that you may wish to change from the centre you have been allocated to.  If the centre you have been allocated does not suit you, and you would like to try for a different local authority centre, please phone Customer Services on 0300 1234510 or email Early Years Shared Services on earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk for further information.  If you would like to try for a funded provider, it is advised that you contact them directly first to see if you can secure a place, then phone Customer Services on 0300 1234510 or email Early Years Shared Services on earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk for further instructions.  Details of all local authority and funded providers are on the website.

I have already applied for funding for my child, do I need to reapply for funding from day after their 3rd Birthday?

No, all eligible applications received for children residing in EDC will be allocated funding from their 3rd Birthday from August 2019.

My child’s birthday falls between March- July and I have not applied for funding. What should I do?

You should apply for funding between 3rd June – 30th August:

If your child’s 3rd birthday falls between 1st March – 26th June 2020, and you are applying for a centre providing 600 hours of funding, you will be eligible for up to 6oo funded hours from August 2019.

If your child’s 3rd birthday falls between 1st March – 30th July 2020, and you are applying for a centre that provides 1140 hours of funding, you will be eligible for up to 1140 funded hours from August 2019.

Why does my extended day hours not start until the week after my child’s funding starts?

This is to allow your child the opportunity to settle into the new ELC setting. If you wish your contracted hours to be delayed or begin sooner, you can contact your allocated ELC or Early Years earlyyears@eastdunbarton.gov.uk to change your extended hours contract start date.

If my child already attends the centre will my extended hours contract start the week after their 3 year old funding.

No, if your child already attends an ELC as a 2 year old and is transitioning to the 3-5 area in the same centre, your extended hours contract will begin the day their funding begins.

If my child’s birthday falls in a holiday period when will their funding start?

Your child’s funding will begin the first working day after the holiday period ends.

What does pro – rata funding mean?

Funding runs August – June. Therefore, if your child has a birthday in October you will receive the number of funded weeks that remains in the funding year, ie) October – June.