From 1 August 2020 the funded early learning and childcare entitlement is 1140 hours per year for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds. This will be high quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable for families. Early Learning and Childcare Statutory Guidance
The deadline for submitting responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the updating of the Early Learning and Childcare Statutory Guidance is Wednesday 4th of March.
The provision for 3 and 4 year olds (and eligible 2 year olds) will be extended although it is voluntary to take up the number of hours allocated.
At the same time Funding Follows the Child will come into effect in August 2020. Local Authorities have agreed that the placements are to be in high quality settings. Parents can also choose which provider they wish to use as the funding is for each individual child.
Embedded in this is Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) where the child/young person and their rights is at the heart of policies and services.
As uptake of the funded early learning and childcare entitlement is not compulsory, and depends upon parents or carers taking up a place for their child, education authorities and all agencies and services working with families have a crucial role in identifying eligible families and promoting the entitlement.
You can access the information on the guidance here: Early Learning and Childcare Statutory Guidance
To access the consultation click here:Consultation
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