Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government removed the legal requirement on local authorities to deliver 1140 hours of funded childcare for all three and four year-olds and eligible two year-olds by August 2020, but remains committed to
achieving the full 1140 hours entitlement by 1 August 2021.


For the latest information on funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC), visit the Parent Club website here.

Blended placements are permitted, provided that risk assessments and precautions are in place, and childminders should ensure they are familiar with the Childminder Services Guidance in relation to blended placements. For further information, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage and FAQs here.


ELC is changing

Find out how, when and what this means for you

Learn more and FAQs

Parental choice

Why choose childminding for your funded ELC?

Benefits of childminding

ELC hub

Access the latest news and reports

ELC resources and useful links