1140 hours and funded early learning and childcare

Find out more about 1140 hours and funded early learning and childcare in Scotland.

From August 2021 all three and four year-olds, and some eligible two year olds, in Scotland became entitled to 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Funded early learning and childcare is ‘free’ to parents, but funded by the Scottish Government. Parents can receive up to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare a year if their child is 3 or 4 years old. Some twoyearolds are also eligible. Some local authorities are running pilot schemes to expand funded childcare to all two-year-olds. There are 6 early adopter communities part of this pilot: Dundee, Glasgow, Clackmannanshire, Inverclyde, Levenmouth (Fife) and North Isles and West Mainland (Shetland). 
  • NDNA Scotland has used the latest figures from local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act, to call for rates to increase to a level that will enable providers to meet the costs of delivering places