Childcare Frequently Asked Questions

What is childcare?

Choosing childcare may be one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your child. There are many different types to choose from and we have described them below for you.

Council Nursery Provision

The Council offer a range of nursery provision including:

Early Years Centres
(Other titles include Day Nurseries, Children’s Centres, Community Nurseries, and Family Learning Centres)

These nurseries provide education and care for children from birth until school entry date and are open 52 weeks of the year, mainly from the hours of 8am until 6pm. Extended Nurseries are staffed by a Head of Nursery, Senior Staff and Child Development Officers, staff numbers are determined by the registered numbers of each playroom. Places are offered on a full-day or part-day basis.

Nursery Schools
These are stand alone nurseries which provide education and care mainly for 3 and 4 year olds on a part-time or full-time basis. They normally operate from around 8.30 to 4.30 pm on a school term basis. Wrap around care, lunch cover and places for 2 year olds are provided in some of these nurseries.

Nursery Classes
In Glasgow, Nursery classes are located within primary schools and provide mainly part-time pre school education provision for 3-5 year olds during the school year.

Young Parents' Support Base "Supporting Teenage Parents in Glasgow"

We can offer you a range of opportunities to support you as a person and as a parent. Everyone’s needs are different.
We can offer a programme to suit your needs. Some young mothers require educational support while others
prefer to stay in their own school.

Contact details
The team
Young Parents’ Support Base 0141 770 8452
Smithycroft Secondary School
282 Smithycroft Road
Glasgow, G33 2QU.

Jobs & Business Glasgow (JBG)

Jobs & Business Glasgow (JBG) are an ALEO (arms length external organisation) of Glasgow City Council, their main focus is employability but they also provide childcare services across Glasgow, provision is delivered within Nurseries, Afterschool Clubs and Mobile Play Teams, some nurseries are in partnership with Glasgow City Council, please contact the services directly for availability.

Partnership Nurseries

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; they normally operate between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

In March 2014 Glasgow City Council undertook a corporate procurement process for the purpose of allocating framework contract to pre school partner nurseries for the period August 2014 to June 2017.

We commission a number of fixed places from partner providers through these framework contracts. Please contact the partner provider directly for details of funded places and their admissions process.

Places commissioned are reviewed annually to meet demand and continue to ensure flexibility and choice for parents and carers.

Parental Entitlement to Pre- School Partnership Funding.

Non Partnership Nurseries

Throughout Glasgow there are providers who are not in partnership with Glasgow City Council, please contact the providers directly for details on their admissions policy.


Playgroups or pre-school groups are available for children aged 3-5 and normally last around 3 hours per session. term time, they provide opportunities for play and learning; some playgroups also work in partnership with Glasgow City Council to provide funded, part time pre-school places, please contact the provider directly for details of funded places and admissions process.

Crèche Provision

Crèches provide occasional care for children, whilst parents/carers are attending courses, conferences etc. Creche providers are registered with the Care Inspectorate.

Out of School Care Provision

Out of School Care is for school-age children, they offer your child a safe, stimulating place in which to play or take part in activates after school, some offer a before school service. These services are based within schools, community centres and church halls, services are registered with the Care Inspectorate. Please contact the services directly for information on availability and admissions policy. You can search for Out of School Care Provision using our online search facility.


Childminders look after children in the childminders home. As they are self-employed, childminders set their own charges and hours of operation so these vary depending upon the individual. They should provide your child with lots of care, fun and learning. Please contact childminders directly for availability. You can search for Childminders using our online search facility.

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0141 287 7350
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Early Childhood and Extended Childcare Services
40 John Street,
Glasgow G1 1JL
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