ELC hours increase - Phase 3

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is changing in Scotland and the number of hours children are entitled to will rise by 2020/21 in order to offer more flexibility for families.

Eligible 2 year olds and all children aged 3 and 4 are currently entitled to 600 hours of funded ELC per year. The funded entitlement will increase over the next few years and almost double to 1140 hours.

Phase 3 of the rollout for Dumfries and Galloway will begin during August 2019 in the Stranraer area, North West Dumfries and the wider Annan area. The providers expected to offer early access to additional hours are:

NurseryOpening hoursWeeks open per year
Partnership childmindersContact providerContact provider
ABC Nursery, Ecclefechan8am to 6pm50
Busy Bees Nursery, StranraerContact providerContact provider
Belmont Nursery, Stranraer8.30am to 3.30pm38
Dicks Hill Creche, StranraerContact providerContact provider
Eastriggs Nursery, Eastriggs8.30am to 3.30pm38
Eastriggs and Dornock PlaygroupContact providerContact provider
Hoddom Nursery, Ecclefechan8.30am to 3.30pm38
Kirkcolm Under 5's, KirkcolmContact providerContact provider
Lincluden Nursery, Dumfries8.30am to 3.30pm38
Max Play 2, Dumfries7.30am to 5.30pm50
Maxwelltown Play Care, Dumfries7.30am to 5.30pm50
North West Community Campus, Dumfries8.30am to 3.30pm38
Park Nursery, Stranraer8.30am to 3.30pm38
Rephad Nursery, Stranraer8am to 6pm38
Sheuchan Nursery, Stranraer8.30am to 3.30pm38
St Teresa's Nursery, Dumfries8.30am to 3.30pm38

You can find out which providers will be included during the other phases of the rollout programme:

  • View details for phase 1 of the rollout (August 2017 to July 2018)
  • View details for phase 2 of the rollout (January 2019 to July 2019)
  • View details for phase 4 of the rollout (August 2020)

Further information

Email EarlyYearsSupport@dumgal.gov.uk to find out more.

Page last updated: 07/05/2019
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