Early learning and childcare 1140 hours expansion

Although the statutory entitlement for Early Learning and Childcare is 600 hours, families residing in Aberdeenshire can currently access up to 1140 hours at providers that have capacity. We are in partnership with childminders, playgroups and private nurseries. You can contact afis@aberdeenshire.gov.uk to find out about providers in your local area. We are reviewing capacity across the early years sector on an ongoing basis in line with COVID-19 guidance. Current COVID-19 restrictions may impact on how your child receives their hours.

The Scottish Government has set out plans to increase the number of funded early learning and childcare hours children across the country can access.

This could mean 30 hours of funded childcare per week during term time or less spread across the year.

In order to make sure families across Aberdeenshire will be able to access the funded places in 2020, the council is carrying out a trial programme of expansion. This will gradually introduce additional hours across all areas.

We want to make sure:

  • high quality learning experiences continue to be available for all young children
  • there is more flexibility and more affordable childcare options to support parents and carers wishing to access work, training or study
  • conveniently located, access for all remains a priority, including for those with additional needs

School nurseries as well as partners, including childminders, commissioned playgroups and private nursery settings, will all eventually be given the opportunity to provide these hours. All of our colleagues in childcare are being given support to introduce the additional hours. View the Parent Club website for frequently asked questions on 1140 expansion.

Parents and carers

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Find out what the expansion plans for early learning and childcare mean for parents and carers.

Early learning and childcare expansion in Aberdeenshire

Laurence Findlay, Director of Education and Children's Services, talks about the expansion of early learning and childcare in Aberdeenshire.

Childcare partner

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View more detailed information for childcare partners.

A day in the life of our Early Learning and Childcare Team

Live a day in the life of our Early Learning and Childcare Team at Midmill School Nursery.


We have been working with settings across Aberdeenshire to get plans underway. Council as well as private settings have been considering the space they’ll need to fit everyone in, and we are also beginning to recruit more staff. Recruitment is being supported nationally with the ‘Shape their worlds. Shape your career.’ campaign. Locally, we are developing an apprenticeship scheme. The Early Learning and Childcare Academy website is a major milestone in the collaboration between Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City councils.