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.
This can be organised in the follow ways:
- Five funded sessions at a local authority ELC centre: Each session being 3 hours 10 minutes; five days per week – morning or afternoon. Term time (38 weeks per year excluding five in-service days). All local authority ELC centres offer funded sessions;
- At an extended day term time ELC centre in the local authority. These centres offer a full day of learning and childcare during term time – you can purchase additional hours at the EDC hourly rate. This rate is subject to an annual increase in August.
- At an extended day and year ELC centre in the local authority. These centres offer a full day of learning and childcare up to 50 weeks per year – you can purchase additional hours at the EDC hourly rate. This rate is subject to an annual increase in August.
- At a funded provider centre – funded sessions or extended day and year. Funded provider centres must meet certain conditions of contract as outlined in the Council’s Admission Policy, e.g. high quality ELC, implementing child protection and health and safety policies. Funded provider centres benefit from training provided by East Dunbartonshire Council and they are inspected by the Care Inspectorate. In addition they are inspected by Education Scotland to ensure the correct curriculum is being offered. Funded provider centres have their own admission and charging policies and you must secure a place directly with them before completing our registration form for funding.
1140 Phasing across East Dunbartonshire Local Authority ELC Centres
Great news - early phasing of 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare is happening across the authority. Auchinairn, Hillhead, Lennoxtown and Twechar ELC centres are providing 1140 hours to all children attending. All parents who live in East Dunbartonshire and meet the eligibility criteria (see attached) can now also apply for 1140 hours at their Local Authority ELC centre. Please discuss the availability with your preferred centre or see further details on our Expansion to 1140 page.
Free Nursery Lunches
You can claim free school lunches for your nursery aged children if you are receiving:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
- Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,900
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610)
- Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Those aged two or over who are (or have been at any point since turning two) either looked after by a Local Authority, the subject of a Kinship Care Order or a child with a Parent or Appointed Guardian.
- 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 day following their 3rd birthday
*cross boundary applications will be entitled to a funded place the term after their 3rd Birthday in line with the cross boundary agreement.