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Information on the expansion of West Dunbartonshire early learning and childcare.

By 2020 the Scottish Government will increase funded places in early learning and childcare centres and nurseries to 1140 hours a year, from the current 600 hours a year.  This change will include all children who are three and four and eligible two-year olds.

At present in West Dunbartonshire childcare is provided by a mix of local authority early learning and childcare centres (ELCCs), nursery classes attached to schools, partnerships offered by private or non-profit nurseries and child-minders.


Increasing childcare in West Dunbartonshire

By 2020 we aim to provide our families with high quality, flexible early learning and childcare, that is accessible and affordable.  The increased free provision of 1140 hours per year can be taken in two ways:

  • 30 hours per week over the school year (38 weeks)
  • 22.5 hours per week over a full year (50 weeks)

Initially, we are going to introduce the increased 1140 hours in a limited number of council ELCCs from August 2018.  In these centres, West Dunbartonshire will introduce from August 2018 the following:

  • 38 Week centres - Opening hours - 8.30 - 4pm (6 hour session), for example provided as
    • 8.30am - 2.30pm
    • 9am - 3pm
    • 10am - 4pm
  • 50 Week centres - Opening hours - 7.45 - 6pm (4hrs 35 mins session), for example provided as
    • mornings: 7.45am - 12.20pm,
    • afternoons: 1pm - 5.35pm
  • Finally, there may be some flexibility to combine hours in the 50 week model

Our increased provision will be expanded over the next 3 years to all ELCCs and partnership nurseries.

More information

Our Early Learning and Childcare Information Newsletters provide more information on our expansion plans.

We will use this newsletter to keep parents and carers up to date with our expansion plans continue to check here for more information.

If you would like more information then please contact Kathy Morrison (Education Officer) using the details shown.