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Increasing the free entitlement to ELC

The Scottish Government has committed to increase the number of funded hours for all three and four year olds from 600 hours to 1140 hours by August 2020.

  • School term time (38 weeks per year) this is equivalent of up to 30 hours a week
  • Over 50 weeks per year this is equivalent of up to 23 hours a week 

Parents can take up as much or as little of these funded hours as they wish within a framework of no less than 2 ½ hours per day, no more than 8 hours per day (30 hours per week) and no less than 38 weeks per year.

Find out more about the Scottish Government ELC system.

Programme for schools

We offered 1140 hours in 15 schools in the last year and will continue to phase-in catchment areas as funding is released from the Scottish Government. 

All areas will be phased in from August 2020 when the legal entitlement changes.  The order of phasing has been decided using the Scottish Borders Child Poverty Index

Schools currently offering 1140 hours

  • Balmoral PS
  • Broomlands PS
  • Broughton PS
  • Burgh PS
  • Burnfoot Community School
  • Chirnside PS
  • Coldingham PS
  • Coldstream PS
  • Eyemouth PS
  • Greenlaw PS
  • Howdenburn PS
  • Kirkhope PS
  • Langlee PS
  • Philiphaugh Community School
  • St Boswells PS
  • Trinity PS
  • Walkerburn PS
  • Yarrow PS
  • Yetholm PS

Schools offering 1140 hours by August 2019

  • Ayton PS
  • Drumlanrig PS
  • Duns PS
  • Earlston PS
  • Edenside PS
  • Ednam PS
  • Fountainhall PS
  • Glendinning PS
  • Heriot PS
  • Kingsland PS
  • Knowepark PS
  • Lauder PS
  • Lilliesleaf PS
  • Morebatlle PS
  • Newcastleton PS
  • Newlands PS
  • Newtown PS
  • Parkside PS
  • Reston PS
  • St Ronan's PS
  • St Peter's PS
  • Stirches PS
  • Tweedbank PS

Schools offering 1140 hours by August 2020

  • Ancrum PS
  • Channelkirk PS
  • Clovenfords PS
  • Cockburnspath PS
  • Denholm PS
  • Eddleston PS
  • Gordon PS
  • Melrose PS
  • Priorsford PS
  • Sprouston PS
  • Stow PS
  • Swinton PS
  • West Linton PS
  • Westruther PS