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Early Learning And Childcare Consultation

Aberdeen City Council Early Learning and Childcare Consultation with Parents and Carers 2021


Aberdeen City Council is committed to offering high quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) to all three and four-year old children and eligible two-year olds, which encourages learning and development through play, exploring and having fun.  ELC can make a significant contribution to a child’s development, which is why the Council is committed to offering all children the best start to life so they can grow into healthy, happy and confident adults who in turn achieve great things.

Since August 2021, all three and four-year-old children and eligible 2-year olds have been entitled to 1140 funded hours of high quality ELC per year at a local authority nursery and from private nurseries, playgroups and childminders working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. This has almost doubled from the previous entitlement of up to 600 hours of ELC per year.


Aberdeen City Council would like to hear from parents, carers and future parents and carers on the implementation of the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare for all three and four-year olds and eligible two-year olds to date.


The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of parents and carers in order to:• Review the impact of the implementation of the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare to date;

• Inform the development of an Early Learning and Childcare Delivery Plan which will set out the strategic direction for the delivery of Early Learning and Childcare in the city for the next 2 years, responding to local need and reflecting the diversity of communities in Aberdeen; and

• Meet our statutory consultation duties under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.


The consultation will be open from Monday 1 November to Friday 19 November 2021 inclusive.  The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:


A link to the consultation is also available on the Aberdeen City Council Expanding Early Learning and Childcare page:


If you have any questions about ELC expansion please contact: