The expansion of early learning and childcare has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The requirement to deliver 1140 hours in August 2020 has been rescinded by Scottish Government. The Council remains committed to the delivery of the expansion and our plans were well advanced. However in order to deliver the expansion, the Council required the completion of a number of capital projects: three new centres in Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch and an extension to the centre at Killermont Primary. These projects have been delayed due to the lockdown of the construction industry and the Council does not have sufficient capacity in its existing facilities to deliver 1140 hours to all eligible children in Session 2020/21. The Council plans to deliver 1140 hours as soon as possible but that is dependent on the completion of the four major construction projects. The three new build centres in Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch are now scheduled to be completed in early 2021. The extension at Killermont is due to be completed in the autumn of 2020.
It is important to recognise the uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic and the impact it has had on the construction industry. The Council is working closely with construction partners to ensure that these facilities will be available as quickly as possible. The Council remains committed to delivering the expansion and will keep parents informed of progress.
If your child attends an early years centre in a Place area or your household meets certain criteria, your child will be eligible for 1140 hours. See what is my child entitled to? tab for criteria and application information.
Local Authority Early Years Centres - new delivery model
A ‘delivery model’ is the pattern of available times that parents and carers can place their child at an early years centre. The delivery model for 1140 hours is based upon consultation with local communities. Almost all centres will move to an extended day, extended year model where children will attend five blocks of 4 hours and 45 minutes per week, over 48 weeks per year, which equates to 1140 hours. Examples of this could be five mornings, five afternoons or two and a half days. Where capacity allows, there will be opportunities within localities for parents and carers to purchase additional blocks. Craighead Early Years Centre in Milton of Campsie and Meadowburn Gaelic Medium Early Years Centre will have a term time delivery model, open 6 hours per day over 38 weeks per year. Parent guides are attached below.
New Local Authority Early Years Centres
Three new early years centres: Bearsden EYC in Bearsden, Lairdsland EYC in Kirkintilloch and Oakburn EYC in Milngavie. The current Killermont EYC is being extended to provide additional spaces.
Funded Provider Early Years Centres and Childminders
Work in partnership with providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector – including childminders. During December 2019 and January 2020, providers will tender to deliver the funded provision for up to four years, from August 2020 to July 2024. If successful, the provider will be entered onto the Funded Provider of Early Learning and Childcare Framework with the Council. Details of funded providers will be updated on the Council’s website: If a provider, for whatever reason, is no longer on the framework, parents of children who have their funded provision with the funded provider will be informed and provided with advice and support on the options available to them. In this instance, parents should contact the funded provider directly for more information or the Early Years team on 0300 1234510.
Household eligibility criteria: Children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old
(Eligibility criteria- see below or mygov.scot help paying for childcare)
Your child can also receive 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare if they have turned two or are aged three or four and you get one of these benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
- any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your income is £16,105 or less
- Child tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your income is £7,320 or less
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit and your household take-home pay, is £610 a month or less
Funded early learning and childcare is also available if your child is 2 or over and is or, since they turned two, has been:
- looked after by a local council
- the subject of a kinship care order
- the subject of a guardianship order
Early Years Practitioners - Employees
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
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
Good news stories - expansion to 1140 hours
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: