Renfrewshire Council

Toddlers learning through play at St Catherine's Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Every Renfrewshire child is guaranteed 1140 hours of nursery from August

Council officials confirm there will be a nursery place for every child to benefit from 1140 hours of early learning and childcare from August 2020.

More than 1,700, equivalent to 41 per cent, of children are already receiving the expanded hours of early learning and childcare in Renfrewshire.

Here's an update on where we are with our expansion plan for 1140 hours of early learning and childcare for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by August 2020.

What progress has been made on building and improving our nursery centres?

We have 26 extension, refurbishment and new build projects in Renfrewshire. 

Click here to see our nursery building projects

We have already completed nine refurbishments and are on track to complete 13 new build, extension and refurbishment projects for the August deadline set by Scottish Government.

The remaining two new build centres, one extension and one refurbishment projects are now expected to be completed in November 2020 due to delays from remediation works on each site.

Children attend nursery one month after their third birthday, giving nurseries extra capacity for the first few months while building works are being completed.

Dargavel and Lochfield new build nurseries

Children due to attend Lochfield Early Learning and Childcare Centre will be temporarily located at Todholm and St Charles early learning and childcare classes or Paisley Early Learning and Childcare Centre.

Children living in Bishopton will temporarily attend St John Bosco or St Anne's early learning and childcare classes.

Lochwinnoch and St Catherine's ELCCs

McKillop Institute will temporarily accommodate children while Lochwinnoch Early Learning and Childcare Centre is being refurbished.

We anticipate that most children will be able to attend St Catherine's Early Learning and Childcare Class while the extensions work take places. If we need to temporarily relocate a small number of children, we will let parents know.

Are there any public meetings?

Yes, public meetings will be held for parents, children and young people to come along and vote for a new name for the three new build centres.

  • Monday 23 March, 6.30pm at Bishopton Primary School
  • Tuesday 24 March, 6.30pm at Kirklandneuk Primary School
  • Wednesday 25 March, 6.30pm at Lochfield Primary School

If you need to speak to someone about your child's nursery placement from August 2020, please get in touch with your nursery or the nearest local nursery. 

For Dargavel, that's St Anne's and St John Bosco early learning and childcare classes.

For Lochfield, that's Todholm and St Charles' early learning and childcare classes or Paisley Early Learning and Childcare Centre.

How many staff members do you need to recruit?

We have recruited 63% of our workforce target already and have further planned recruitment taking place between now and August.

Our progress is in line with progress being made across Scotland.

If you would be interesting in changing your career or know someone who wants to work in early years, watch out for our entry-level posts being advertised on MyJobScotland.

I haven't applied for a nursery place. Can I still do that?

Yes, you can still apply and we encourage as many parents as possible to apply for a nursery place even if their child won't attend nursery till later in the year. 

Apply for a nursery place

For parents who responded to our admissions campaign in January, we will be reviewing those applications during March and will inform parents of their allocated place in April.

Nursery applications made now will be considered at a future panel, most likely once per month.

A word from our Education Convener

Depute Leader and Education and Children's Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said that progress to date has been positive.

"We are committed to providing high quality early learning and childcare across our nurseries and have been working hard to improve the learning environment within each centre and class.

"Every child in Renfrewshire will have a nursery place from August 2020, even if the nursery building is not quite ready ahead of the deadline.

"Alternative arrangements are being put in place where needed and parents will be contacted by the nursery they applied to. For the two new builds, parents will be contacted by the head of centre for the new nurseries.

"The best thing parents can do is make sure they have applied. That will help our nursery teams plan placements and temporary relocation as far in advance as possible."

Published on Friday 13 March 2020

Pictured: Children learning about weight and volumes at St Catherine's Early Learning and Childcare Class.