1140 hours childcare policy in Perth and Kinross
By 2020 all 3 and 4 year-olds and some eligible 2 year-olds will be entitled to 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare, (ELC). In order to meet the expected demand for spaces by 2020, Perth & Kinross Council plans to enhance some existing local authority nurseries, increase partnership with partner provider nurseries and also introduce childminders in the ELC options for parents.
The Council currently works in partnership with 36 funded provider nurseries, allowing families to access their current entitlement of 600 hours within these settings. Partner provider nurseries are known to deliver high quality early learning experiences and it is the Council's intention to strengthen and increase partnership through the implementation of 1140 hours.
Partner provider nurseries will be able to continue to offer the flexibility and additional paid for hours giving families the nursery provision that best meets their needs.
As part of the expansion of ELC, children accessing a full day of funded childcare will also be entitled to a free meal. The Council is proposing the introduction of a 'family mealtime approach' throughout nurseries delivering 1140 hours. This is currently being trialled within a number of Council nurseries and also within partner provider nurseries.
Family mealtime setting
Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Lifelong Learning Committee, Councillor Caroline Shiers commented: "Just4Kidz in Alyth is one of the first partner provider nurseries within Perth and Kinross to offer additional funded hours to the children of Alyth, and also to pilot the family mealtime approach.
"The feedback from the children, staff, parents and carers to date has been fantastic. Children are sitting down together at lunch and experience a family meal type environment, they are trying new foods and parents are reporting back that the children are also eating better at home and open to trying foods that they would never have expected."