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Scotland's Early Learning and Childcare Expansion

It’s an exciting time for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in Scotland. From August 2020, parents and carers will be able to access almost double the current funded childcare allowance from 600 to 1140 hours per year for all three and four-year olds and eligible* two year-olds. This equates to around 30 hours per week during term time.

The Scottish Government will also introduce a new ‘Funding Follows the Child’ approach, which will allow parents to choose their childcare from a range of high quality ELC providers, including childminders. It will be underpinned by a National Standard which all providers who wish to deliver the funded entitlement must meet to ensure that everyone is delivering the highest quality early learning and childcare experience for children.

*children whose families are on low incomes


Q. What can I do if my local authority doesn’t contract with childminders?
Q. What does the term 'blended' Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) mean?
Q. Who is eligible to deliver funded ELC for three and four-year olds and eligible two year-olds?
Q. Do I need to have a qualification to register as a partner provider to deliver funded ELC?
Q. Will I get inspected by both the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland?
Q. Do I need to adapt my service to become a partner provider?
Q. Who should I raise the issue with locally to ask for support if my local authority is not using childminders?
Q. I have a two-year-old child, but how do I know if I am eligible?