Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 17:30, 10 July 2020

1140 Early Learning and Childcare expansion

Information and updates on 1140 ELC and nursery places during the coronavirus pandemic.

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1140 Early Learning and Childcare expansion

Reopening nurseries and early learning centres

Applying for nursery places

Early Years staff


1140 Early Learning and Childcare

 

Renfrewshire's 1140 hours expansion plan

All Scottish councils were due to provide 1140 hours of early learning and childcare to all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by August 2020. In March the Scottish Government removed the legal duty on councils to do this. They have since accepted the impact of coronavirus means they don't expect this to be able to happen everywhere during the academic year 2020/21.

We hope you would appreciate coronavirus has caused major disruption to the work we were doing to expand our early-learning and childcare capacity by extending or building new nurseries and recruiting new staff - but we were making good progress before lockdown and are now getting that work back on track.

We can offer some reassurance to Renfrewshire parents - we are offering 1140 hours wherever we can and we will be able to offer those hours to the majority of children in local council-run, partner nurseries and childminders from August. In the places which can't do that for everyone, 1140 hours will be rolled out for all as soon as possible. These families will receive at least the legal minimum of 600 hours in the meantime.

Your child's nursery will have written to you at the start of June with details of your child's nursery placement from August (this letter will have arrived later if you hadn't applied at that point). Unless anything else changes, what you were offered at that time is the placement you will receive from August.

You will have received another letter from us on 22 June with details of the blended learning model being put in place for our schools and nurseries. It is likely the contents of this letter will not now apply as the situation has since changed. At that time we were being asked to plan for schools and nurseries to return with 2m physical distancing in place, meaning not all children could attend at once. However the Scottish Government have since said they expect all schools and nurseries to return full-time from August and have also subsequently confirmed children aged under 12 do not need to physically distance.

Please be aware your child's hours may still be temporarily affected should the Scottish Government make any further changes to their guidance. We are expecting further updates during July and if anything changes we will make you aware what impact - if any - that may have upon your child's hours.

In terms of any work on newbuilds, extensions and refurbishments which have been delayed by coronavirus, we continue to liaise with our contractors and building work on our nursery centres and classes will resume once the national guidance around construction sites allows it.


Reopening nurseries and early learning centres

 

Reopening dates

Please see our Returning to School and Nursery page for details. 

Safety and hygiene

Please see our Returning to School and Nursery page for details. 

Private nurseries

Scottish Government have confirmed that private nurseries will be able to reopen from 15 July, however this will be in a limited capacity. 

Private nurseries will be in touch with parents and carers in due course. Please contact your private nursery for more information. 


Applying for nursery places

 

Applying for a nursery place

Yes, you can still apply for a place at a council-run or funded private nursery provider, but instead of downloading a form, you can complete our new online form.

Apply for a nursery place (online form)

For parents and carers without internet access, you can call your preferred nursery and speak to a member of staff who will help you complete the form. You will need to send in your documents to the nursery by post. We recommend recorded delivery for added security.

If you apply in June, July or the first two weeks in August - you will hear from us at the start of the new school year.


Evidence required for my application

You must include the following evidence when you apply for a nursery place.

  • Proof of where you live (your residence)
  • Your child's original birth certificate
  • Proof of any benefits you receive

If you apply by emailing your nursery the form, you can include screenshots of your evidence. Please make sure the image is clear enough to read the text.

If you apply over the phone by calling your preferred nursery, you will need to send us your evidence by post. We recommend recorded delivery for added security.

If you are having any difficulties with providing any of the above evidence, please get in touch with your preferred nursery by email or phone.


Confirmation of my nursery place

Before Coronavirus, we had committed to letting parents and carers know about their nursery place by the end of April. Since then our normal day-to-day nursery provision has changed significantly with nursery staff working hard to provide a childcare service to key workers while also providing engaging content for children at home.

While we had to focus on meeting new demands, we have continued to work hard on processing all applications received to date.

If you applied by 31 January - you will have heard from us by Friday 5 June

If you applied after January and before the end of May - you will have heard from us by the end of June

If you apply in June, July or the first two weeks in August - you will hear from us at the start of the new school year

Parents and carers will receive a letter confirming their nursery placement. Unlike school placing requests, there is no appeal process for nursery placements.

If you have a question, please email your preferred nursery with your questions and a member of staff will get back in touch with you. You can find the contact details for our nurseries here.


Early Years staff

 

Information for Early Years staff

We have a dedicated page with information and updates for our teaching, schools and early years staff