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