Previously, children were able to access 600 funded hours of early learning and childcare provision. To help support children and their families, the Government have committed to almost double these funded hours and will offer families 1140 funded hours of early learning and childcare by August 2020. In Stirling, this is being rolled out over a three year period. Phase one began in some Stirling nurseries in August 2018, phase two began in August 2019 and phase three will be from August 2020. The extra hours will be available to all children aged 3 or 4 years (from the term following the child's 3rd birthday) and for some 2 years olds whose parents/carers are in receipt of certain welfare benefits. Please note that if your child's 3rd birthday is in March the funding will take effect from the August of that year.
Once in place, families will have much more of a choice of how they access early learning and childcare provision as the expansion will provide families in Stirling with flexible options of how to access their funded hours.
Further information regarding the expansion can be found in the Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. The All About Guide for parents and carers provides a response to a range of frequency asked questions.
Expansion of early learning and childcare
Admissions are now open for nurseries in phase 2 of the expansion of early learning and childcare.
Scotland's First National Position Statement on Transitions
The statement highlights the importance of planning for and managing transitions effectively and positively, particularly into primary school.
It emphasises that transitions should be regarded as a tremendous opportunity as opposed to being something difficult which children have to get through and that the whole family be involved in transition activity as parents and families go through the transition as well as the child.
The Scottish Early Childhood, Children and Families Transitions Position Statement is informed by a shared understanding of the importance of transitions and the need to address the impact of transitions in children’s lives. We share the idea that a shared agenda for action will afford the best possible start in new settings and therefore aims:
- to look at the opportunities, expectations and aspirations of early educators, children and families at times of transition;
- to understand children’s learning journeys, attainment and learning outcomes and the contribution of positive transitions;
- to consider children’s entitlements at times of transition;
- to interrogate the extent to which early years transitions and transitions to school provide for the participation of child, family and professional together;
- to reflect on beliefs and practices around transitions, the contributions children and families can make and to ensure transitions leadership in the system.
- Scottish Early Childhood & Families Transition Position Statement Summary