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Our expansion plan for 1140 hours free early learning and childcare

Early learning, childcare and nursery places in Renfrewshire.

Currently, more than 92 per cent of Renfrewshire's children eligible for early learning and childcare are receiving 1140 hours.

We continue to offer 1140 hours to as many children as we can and will offer additional hours to those not already receiving the expanded hours as soon as we can. Where we can't offer 1140 hours, we will offer the legal minimum requirement of 600 hours. From August 2021, all eligible children must receive up to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare. You can read more about the legal duty placed on councils below.  

We also have a new timeline for completing the required building works following lockdown. When all our building works are complete, we will be able to offer 1140 hours to all eligible children in Renfrewshire. To see our new timeline, visit our building work updates page.

If you have any questions about when your child will receive 1140 ELC, please speak to your child's nursery or childminder. 


Statutory deadline

Scottish Government have placed a statutory deadline on all Scottish councils to provide up to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare to eligible children from August 2021. 


Applying for 1140 hours of early learning and childcare

If your child already attends nursery or childminder listed on our website, they will be in touch with you directly when your child can access the additional funded hours. 

If your child is due to attend nursery or a childminder between now and August 2021, the nursery or childminder will already have confirmed which placement your child will receive. For those nurseries waiting on building works being completed before they can offer more children 1140 hours of early learning and childcare, they will contact you when they can begin offering these hours to your child. Any children not able to access 1140 hours will be offered 600 hours, the legal minimum.

Children starting nursery or a childminder from August 2021 must receive 1140 hours of early learning and childcare. If you haven't applied for a nursery or childminder place, you need to do so before we can confirm your child's placement and hours. You can apply for a place online. All our building works are due to be completed by August 2021. You can read an update on our building works on our website.