Nearly 500 people filled in early learning survey

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in our survey about how you would like to use the 1140 hours of early learning all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds will be entitled to by 2020.

Almost 500 responses

We had 495 responses and what you told us will shape how we deliver the service.

What you told us

Four out of five of you who responded told us you take up all of or almost all of the increased hours for 3 and 4-year-olds. Two thirds of you with two-year-olds said you would do the same. Two thirds of you want all year places rather than just during the school term.

What we do currently

Council settings currently open in line with the school terms, with private and voluntary nurseries and childminders taking children throughout the year. As a result of the survey we will look to open some council settings all year too, so the proportion of the places that are all year is as close as we can get to your preferences.

Two thirds of you who want the entitlement all through the year, want to have a break when you have a holiday.

You don't need to take all 1140 hours

Children will not be required to attend for all of the 1140 hours so will be able to take holidays, however this would mean missing out on some of their entitlement.

We are considering whether we will be able to let you choose to get the hours over fewer weeks, for example 48 out of the 50 weeks, and get slightly more time each week.

Longer hours asked for

More than half of you would prefer longer hours on fewer days. One in eight of you are looking for pre-8am starts and after 6pm finishes.

1140 hours across the year

Taking 1140 hours through two and a half days per week over 50 weeks works out as 9 hours and 10 minute for the full days and 4 hours and 35 minutes for the half day. At the moment legislation limits us to a maximum of 8 hours for an early learning and childcare session so as a result of this feedback we have asked the Scottish Government to change the legislation. We may be able to offer a wider range of times if the legislation is changed.

Earlier starts

Private and voluntary nurseries and childminders offer longer days, earlier starts and later finishes, although these can be charged for.

19 Apr 2018