Here you’ll find everything you need to know about accessing and paying for childcare, including the free funded hours your wee one is entitled to. We also have tips to help you both get ready to start nursery, as well information about childcare once your child has started school.

Early learning and childcare

Your child is already learning so much at home but spending time in childcare can really boost their learning and social development. And the good news is, your 2, 3 or 4 year old could benefit from 1140 hours a year of early learning and childcare (ELC). This is free to you, funded by the Scottish Government and local authorities. Find out what you're entitled to and how your wee one can benefit here. 

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Childcare costs

If you’re concerned about paying for childcare, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a range of financial support available to help cover the costs. You can find out more about your options here, for children aged 0 to 16.

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Getting ready for nursery

Starting nursery or childcare is a big step for your wee one – and for you! So it’s totally normal if you or your little one are feeling a bit anxious. But we’re here to help. From what to pack to ideas to help calm any first day worries, our tips will help you both get off to a flying start.

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School age childcare

When your child starts school, you may well still need childcare to fit around everything you need to do in the day. Here we look at the different options open to parents on either side of the school day and in the holidays, from childminders, after school, holiday and activity clubs to help from friends and family.

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