1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare
The Scottish Government announced that by August 2020 all 3-5 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds will be entitled to 1140 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare in Scotland.
This is a significant increase from the current entitlement, where all 3-5 year olds in Scotland and eligible 2 year olds are entitled to 600 hours of funded access to early learning and childcare nursery provision. This is being rolled out using a phased approach across Perth and Kinross, details of this are available in the phasing plan [274Kb].
We recognise the valuable job parents and carers are doing, and these additional funded hours are intended to support child development where they can continue to have fun and learn outside of their home with experienced and trained staff. The settings are a safe environment where every child will be well looked after, giving parents and carers the opportunity to return to work, train and/or study.
How will my child be able to access 1140 hours?
An important part of how we increase funded early learning and childcare hours is making sure that there are a range of choices in an effort to best suit parents and carers. Because of this, the Council is working closely with partner provider nurseries and with local childminders to try to ensure parents can access funded hours in the way which best meets their family's needs.
To make sure there are choices across the area we've grouped Perth and Kinross into 11 early learning and childcare communities. Each of these communities will have access to a mix of attendance options at local authority, partner provider nurseries and childminders including term time, 45 week and 50 week options as appropriate; with some settings offering hours between 8am - 6pm. Details of these options are available in the phasing plan [274Kb]. As well as attendance options available, parents and carers are able to use one or more settings to access the funded hours.
Eligible 2 year olds
Please see our phasing plan [274Kb] for current providers offering 2 year old provision and dates of future providers who will provide this offering. Full information on eligibility criteria as well as how to apply for a nursery place is available on the Strong Start page.
Further information for parents
Keep up to date with how 1140 hours is being introduced in Perth and Kinross - including areas where the additional funded hours are or will be available ahead of August 2020 - by registering for our early years and childcare newsletter. Visit our subscription page and choose early learning and childcare from the list of topics.