Provision of Early Learning & Childcare Parent Consultation 2019

Closes 9 Dec 2019

Opened 28 Oct 2019


Local Authorities in Scotland are required to consult with parents every 2 years, to support their planning for the delivery of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC).

In Scottish Borders, ELC is provided in school nurseries and by private nurseries, playgroups, childminders and out of school clubs

All 3 and 4 year olds, and some 2 year olds who meet the eligibility criteria, can get up to 600 hours of Early Learning and Childcare, funded by the Scottish Government. That works out at about 16 hours a week if you use it during school term-time, or around 12 hours a week if you use it year round.

From August 2020, the number of funded hours will almost double from 600 to 1140 a year, giving you even more choice on when and where to use it. This increase is for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.  This will be available for everyone from August 2020, but the increase is being phased in right now so some families can access it already.

For more information visit; Parent Club

Why We Are Consulting

This questionnaire is designed to help Scottish Borders identify what the needs of families are, to support their planning of ELC services. Whilst the Council is not able to meet the individual needs of every family, your response is important to help us asses need, identify gaps and plan future provision. 

The survey is anonymous and your answers will remain confidential.  Information in this survey will be dealt with in accordance with Scottish Borders Council’s Data Protection Policies.

Give Us Your Views


  • All Areas


  • Parents/carers


  • Early Years