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.

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

There are now places for eligible 2 year olds whose parents meet certain benefits criteria in a number of local authority nurseries.

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

All 3-5 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds, across Scotland are entitled to 600 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare.

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.