Funded Nursery Places

Places in Nurseries for 3, 4 and some 2 year olds

The Scottish Government announced on the 30 March 2020 that the statutory duty for local authorities to provide up to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare will be suspended from August 2020 as a result of Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore the statutory entitlement of 600 hours remains at present. However Glasgow City Council will offer up to 1140 hours commencing Wednesday 12th August 2020 during Session 2020/2021 academic year. Parents will be charged for meals, milk and snack provision as you previously would have in the interim.

In Scotland, all children aged 3 or 4 years old and some 2 year olds are entitled to a part-time, funded nursery place in either a Council nursery, or in a nursery or playgroup which has a partnership contract with the Council.

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It is not always possible to guarantee that this place will be in your first choice of nursery.

Places are for up to 30 hours per week (1140 hours term time) and are across all of the nurseries in Glasgow. These hours can be offered in a wide variety of patterns to suit the needs of families.

If your child is offered a full day place, you can access a maximum of  funded 10 hours per day / 30 funded hours per week term time (38 weeks) and 22.8 hours non term time (50 weeks) throughout the academic year.

In Glasgow City Council services, children become eligible for places the first Monday following the child's 3rd birthday. 

In addition to Glasgow City Council services we also work in partnership with private & social economy sector early year’s services to extend parents’ choice for pre-school education and childcare and funding will commence the day after the child's 3rd birthday.

Places for Children under 3

There is no entitlement to nursery places for children under 3, other than for those 2 year olds who meet the criteria set out in the Children & Young People’s Act 2014.

For information on funding for Eligible 2 year olds please refer to attached link

Glasgow City Council provides a high number of nursery places for children under 3 but these are popular and a priority criteria is used to allocate the places.

Most private nurseries and some voluntary sector groups also provide places for children under 3. Parents/carers should contact private / voluntary sector nurseries direct to seek further information in respect of Eligible 2 year old funding.

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