Early Childcare & Learning - Information for Providers
The care environment and the learning opportunities you provide are vital to the personal growth of every child in Moray.
To make sure we continue to give our young people the best possible start in life we call on early years and childcare providers to work with us and our partners to develop a more flexible system that allows us to close the attainment gap while providing more training and employment opportunities for parents and carers.
We are working towards a more flexible approach to early years and childcare which, in time, could mean offering more early years childcare outwith the traditional term time system of morning or afternoon sessions. In the meantime, the phased introduction of the increased entitlement to 1,140 funded hours will give you the opportunity to assess how you can best assist with this transition. We will contact you for input and feedback throughout the transition period.
This section will be updated as the roll-out of increased provision starts. Please check back regularly for updates.
We are available to assist with any queries you have on provision of hours, staffing needs, building/capacity issues, catering and making sure you meet your statutory requirements. Contact us to find out how we can help.
In order to meet the demand for the increase in funded early learning and childcare hours you may need to increase the number of people you employ or the hours of those already employed.
You may wish to discuss training needs with our partners at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) or enquire about courses/graduates from Moray College.
As part of the wider aim to support partners with the ELC expansion of hours, the infrastructure and training grant schemes are available for providers with funded places operating in non-Council owned properties under any of the following criteria start-up grant; increasing capacity; outdoor space; general accommodation improvements/extension; family spaces.
Providers can apply for up to £25,000 each, which will help them to prepare for the increase in funded hours on offer for three and four years olds and eligible two year olds, which changes from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours a year starting from August 2018.
Applications are open now with a deadline of 29th March 2019 and further information can be requested by contacting the education and social care department at Moray Council on 01343 563374 or by emailing email@example.com.
Education and Social Care