Renfrewshire Council

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1140 Early Learning and Childcare

Welcome to 1140 Early Learning and Childcare, our plan to provide children in Renfrewshire with 1140 hours of fully funded early learning and childcare from August 2020.

Our plan will give parents and carers increased access to high quality, flexible and affordable childcare for their child. It'll also mean lots of new Early Learning and Childcare jobs and opportunities in Renfrewshire.

FAQs on 1140 ELC applications

Apply now for August 2020 [87KB]

When can I apply for 1140 hours of early learning and childcare?

You can apply now for an 1140 ELC place for session 2020/21. Applications must be submitted by Friday 31 January 2020. 

To help you fill out the form, check out our frequently asked questions article - see 'related articles'. You can also find our application form [87KB] under 'related documents'.


When can my child get 1140 hours of early learning and childcare?

Council-run nurseries, funded private and voluntary providers, and funded childminders are required to offer 1140 early learning and childcare hours to eligible children from August 2020. 

We have begun to offer eligible children 1140 places within our nurseries where there is space to do so. Not all nurseries will be able to offer additional spaces until recruitment and building works have been completed. 

You should speak to your local nursery to find out more about when spaces might become available, however most places will not be available till August 2020.


Why can't my child get 1140 ELC right now?

Getting ready to offer 1140 hours of early learning and childcare from all council-run nurseries, funded private or voluntary providers and funded childminders is a big task. It involves large-scale recruitment, building improvements taking place and full allocation of government funding. 

We are working with our funded private and voluntary providers and funded childminders to make sure we have everything ready for the August 2020 deadline.

When spaces become available in our nurseries, we will offer parents 1140 hours of ELC. Spaces will be prioritised based on need. 

You should speak to your local nursery to find out more about when spaces might become available, however most places will not be available till August 2020.


How will I know there are 1140 spaces at my local nursery?

Your local nursery will tell you when there are spaces available. These spaces will be prioritised based on need.


Are all children in a nursery getting 1140 ELC at the same time?

Due to the funding allocation and the scale of recruitment and building works that our expansion requires, our nurseries are not able to offer all children that attend a nursery 1140 hours of ELC at the one time.

We will offer 1140 ELC to children where there is space to do so. We will prioritise these spaces based on need.


If another nursery is able to offer 1140 hours, can I put my child there?

Each nursery is responsible for offering 1140 ELC to eligible children where they have space to do so. Due to the complexity of the expansion, we are unable to hold a central register of 1140 ELC spaces, so we ask you to speak to your local nursery in the first instance.

Once we have completed recruitment and building works, we will have a clearer picture of where there are spaces to offer 1140 ELC.  


How do you prioritise need?

Need is based on our eligibility criteria [92KB] . You can check that out under 'related documents'.


Who can I speak to if I need more information?

You should speak to your local nursery to find out how 1140 ELC is being rolled-out within the centre or class.

We will continue to update this webpage with further details of the expansion.


Last updated Monday 9 December 2019

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