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Early learning and childcare funding

1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare for 3-5 year olds

From August 2020, all 3-5 year olds will be entitled to 1140 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare (ELC) in Scotland.

1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare for 2 year olds (Strong Starts)

From August 2020, eligible two year olds across Scotland will be entitled to 1140 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare in a number of local authority and funded provider nurseries where provision is available.

Help with the costs of childcare

Families can access help with the costs of childcare in a variety of ways, through the tax credits system, vouchers provided by employers and the recently introduced tax free childcare accounts.