Consultation on the future of early learning and childcare.

Closed 31 Mar 2016

Opened 11 Jan 2016

Overview

Dear Parent / Carer,

The Council is seeking your views so that a model of provision can be devised to best meet the needs of our residents. 

East Renfrewshire Council currently provides 600 hours per year of early learning and childcare to all 3 & 4 year olds whose parents wish it. 

At present the 600 hours is provided as follows:

  1. Core Hours

Parents and carers can apply for 5 sessions, (a session being either a morning or afternoon) at a local authority nursery.  Each session will last 3 hours and 10 minutes.  This is based on term time (38 weeks per year). 

  1. Additional Hours

Parents and carers can apply for 5 sessions, (a session being either a morning or afternoon), at a local authority nursery.  Each session will last 3 hours.  Parents and carers can access the additional 30 hours before (1 hour) or after (up to 2 hours) the nursery session. This is based on term time (38 weeks per year).

  1. Holiday Provision

Parents and carers can apply for 5 sessions, (a session being either a morning or afternoon), at a local authority nursery.  Each session will last 3 hours.  This allocation is based on 40 weeks per year, with parents and carers having the opportunity to access the additional 30 hours (2 weeks) in terms of additional sessions during school holidays. 

  1. Extended  Hours

Parents and carers can apply to access extended day sessions, either 38 or 52 weeks per year.  Parents would be able to access a minimum of 4 hours funding and a maximum of 8 hours funding in any day.  A maximum of 600 hours funding could be used in any year.  Additional hourly charges would be applied thereafter.

  1. Partner Provider

Parents can negotiate with a partner provider term time or extended day/year sessions.  The provider will charge at their own hourly rate, which may be higher than the rate funded by East Renfrewshire Council.

Why We Are Consulting

In East Renfrewshire 570 hours is provided to all parents as either morning or afternoon sessions during term time. We want to consult with you as to how the additional 30 hours should be provided.

You are invited to respond by giving your views, suggestions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this consultation.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Parents & Carers

Interests

  • Schools and Family Centres