Funding from third birthday

New funding for three year olds

Good news! We are now providing childcare funding for East Dunbartonshire residents from the day after a child’s third birthday.

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 the following East Dunbartonshire childcare centres**:

Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Baljaffray ELC

Holy Family ELC

Colquhoun Park ELC


Castlehill ELC

Lenzie Meadow ELC

Clober ELC

Meadowburn ELC


Meadowburn Gaelic ELC

Craighead ELC

Milngavie ELC

Gartconner ELC

Torrance ELC

If your child’s third birthday falls between 1 March 2020 – 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

Applications are open from Monday 3 June with a closing date of 30 August 2019.

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

To apply complete our 3/4 application form from the form section of this page.

Parents applying to East Dunbartonshire Early Learning & Childcare Centres will be notified of allocated places by 30 September 2019.

* Start dates will be subject to holidays and settling in periods
** Places will be subject to availability. If your chosen centre has no availability, we will offer a place in a centre where places are available.


  1. I have already applied for funding for my child, for session August 2019 to June 2020, 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.

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

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

If your child’s 3rd birthday falls between 1 March and 30 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.

  1. 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 to change your extended hours contract start date.

  1. 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 to 5 area in the same centre, your extended hours contract will begin the day their funding begins.

  1. 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.

  1. What does pro – rata funding mean?

Funding runs August to 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 to June.