There are a number of options for this in each community across West Dunbartonshire.
Yes if they are in Partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.
There are a number of options for this in each community. The places can be morning or afternoon or full days in a private funded provider.
Yes. Choose a funded partner provider. There are a number of options for this in each community.
We have a list of childminders available on our website. To deliver 1140 hours early learning and childcare childminders must work in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.
You can choose from a childminder who works in partnership with the Council to deliver 1140 hours of early learning and childcare. They can provide a blended model with any nursery; they will be more than happy to discuss your needs with you.
Yes, this will allow you to split your allocation, for example 15 hours at two funded providers. This is subject to a place being available and partnership arrangements being in place with the local authority
To register your child for a nursery place you must complete an application form. You must identify your first, second and third choice early learning and childcare centre on the application form.
West Dunbartonshire use an admissions process to allocate all applications. This includes a priority criteria. An admissions panel consisting of Education Support Officers, Principal Officers, Head Teachers, Social Work Officers and health Visitors meet frequently to ensure applications are processed fairly and in line with the admissions criteria.
You can apply for an early learning and childcare place from when your child is born. Applications must be received before the end of March prior to your child turning three. Applications received after the end of March are considered to be late applications.
You will hear about your application by the end of the May prior to your child turning 3.
The information for eligible 2 year olds can be found on our web page, Early Learning and Childcare for eligible two year olds.
Yes. Your child is entitled to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare from their second birthday.
Yes, you will be entitled to access 1140 hours of early learning and childcare from their second birthday.
Contact the Principal Officer or Head Teacher of the nursery your child currently attends. They will support you in ensuring your child's application is transferred to a nursery within your new community. They will also support your child's transition to their new nursery or childminder.
Nursery places are allocated within local community areas. All applications are processed using West Dunbartonshire Councils admissions criteria. All funded providers are registered by the Care Inspectorate for different numbers of registered places. West Dunbartonshire will endeavour to accommodate requests wherever possible however sometimes this is not possible due to demand for some early years centres. That is why it is important to provide your first, second and third choice of nursery.
Yes, your child's application can remain with your first choice nursery for their second year of nursery. The admissions criteria will be applied however places cannot be guaranteed.
Yes they will be entitled to a funded place within their local community. Information on how to apply can be found on this website.
We follow national guidance agreed by the Scottish Government. This includes consideration of the specific needs of our Armed Forces families and we recognise that children may need additional support during transitions. This is subject to a place being available and partnership arrangements being in place.