Consultation on Scottish Borders early learning and childcare provision

Woman and young girl playing in nursery.

Published: Friday, 1st November 2019

We're holding a consultation on the early learning and childcare (ELC) provision available across the Borders.

Local authorities in Scotland are required to consult with parents every two years to support their planning for the delivery of the service and we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in ELC. 

Early learning and childcare in the Borders

In the Borders, ELC is provided in school nurseries and by some private nurseries, voluntary groups and childminders.

All three and four year olds, and some two year olds who meet the eligibility criteria, can get up to 600 hours of ELC funded by the Scottish Government. That works out at about 16 hours a week if it is used during school term-time, or around 12 hours a week if it is used year round.

From August 2020, the number of funded hours will almost double from 600 to 1140 a year, giving parents even more choice on when and where to use it. These hours will be available in all settings across the Borders from August next year for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds.

Take part in the survey

  • The survey is open until 9 December 2019 and is available online through our website.
  • Free computer access is available in all public libraries and Council contact centres.
  • Anyone who would like a paper copy or support to take part in the survey should contact the Council’s Early Years Team online or at 01835 824000 Ext 5809.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“The survey will provide us with invaluable feedback to help us identify what families’ needs are, where there are any potential gaps in our provision and enable us to plan more effectively for the future delivery. We would ask anyone with an interest in early learning and childcare to make sure they take part in the consultation so we can have as many views as possible.

“We would also like to remind parents that enrolment week is being held this year from 18-22 November, with parents whose children are either eligible for early learning and childcare or ready to start primary one asked to visit the ELC setting of their choice or school and ensure their child is enrolled.”