Renfrewshire Council

Nursery Officer Grace Kelly with child at Glendee Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Five things to know about the 1140 nursery and childcare expansion

Find out the key points about the early years expansion in Renfrewshire.

From August 2020, parents will be able to take advantage of 1140 hours of nursery and childcare time across Scotland. Here's what it means for parents in Renfrewshire.

1. More choice

Parent playing with group of children

Parents will be able to choose:

  • their preferred mix of nursery class, centre or childcare services
  • whether it's a council, private or volunteer-run placement
  • whether their child's placement is school day or a full day
  • whether it's a term-time or full year (50 weeks) placement

2. Investment in new and existing facilities

Head of Centre Shirley Allan at Hugh Smiley Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Renfrewshire will invest more than £14 million in early years buildings by:

  • Building five new-build centres
  • Refurbishing, adapting or extending more than two dozen existing buildings

3. More jobs

Glendee Early Learning and Childcare Centre Nursery Officers Sandra Kennedy and Grace Kelly

£22 million has been earmarked for additional early years jobs and we are working with partners to ensure:

  • There are enough placements at university or college courses
  • We recruit graduates into our classes and centres
  • There are more training and development opportunities for existing staff

4. More capacity

Parent and children playing at being knights

We are working with private and voluntary providers to ensure nurseries and childminders can deliver 1140 hours by the 2020 deadline.

To support this, we will also change nine early learning and childcare nursery classes located in primary schools to centres so they can operate on an extended day and 50 weeks a year.

Parents will still be able to access school day and term time provision at:

  • Williamsburgh and St Catherine's in Paisley,
  • St Margaret's in Johnstone,
  • St John Bosco and St Anne's in Erskine,
  • East Fulton in Linwood
  • Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir and Houston primary schools

5. Early take up where there is space and resources

Parent with three children at the park

Nursery classes, centres and childminders who have space and staffing in place will begin to offer 1140 hours to parents ahead of the Scottish Government's deadline.

Parents with children in nursery classes and centres will be advised where and when this is possible.

In the meantime, parents should:

  • continue to apply to their local nursery for a place for their child
  • speak to their local nursery if they wish to know more about 1140 hours

Published: Friday 24 August 2018

Pictured: Glendee Early Learning and Childcare Centre Nursery Officers Sandra Kennedy and Grace Kelly

Hugh Smiley Early Learning and Childcare Centre Head of Centre Shirley Allan

Scottish Government early years expansion images.