The Scottish Government provide 1140 hours of funded childcare hours for 3-5 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. Your child is automatically eligible for funding following their 3rd birthday – for some councils this is the term after their 3rd birthday. Some 2 year olds are also eligible for funding, you can check if you qualify on your local councils page or by speaking with your health visitor.
The funding year runs Aug-July. You can use all your funded hours in one place or share them with another setting or childminder – we call this a shared or blended placement.
We currently offer 4 session options. Full day 8:30-5:30, short day 8:30-3:30 or am/pm sessions 8:30-1 and 1-5:30 with an 8am start available at our Oban, Inverness and Fort William nurseries.
This means you have a variety of options to use your funding depending on your needs. Our variety of sessions makes us a really flexible provider but it can sometimes make the maths a bit complicated! We are here to help so just speak to us directly so we can get the right sessions in place for your family.
You are able to use your funded hours Year Round – 48 or 50 weeks (depending on the council) or Term Time only. We recommend year round due to continuity of care and welcome returning Stramash children and siblings during our ‘holiday club’. However we do appreciate that for some families term time only is what is required. Your 1140 hours will be divided depending on which you choose. You will receive your full allocation of hours whether they are split term time or year round.
If your required total hours exceeds that of your funded entitlement you will be invoiced and charged the usual hourly private rate.
If you choose a shared placement you can decide how much of your funded allocation you use in each setting. It does not have to be a 50:50 split. We can discuss your specific hours and requirements to make sure you are getting the very most out of your funding allocation,
You can change your funding allocation and sessions (how you spend it & with who) if you need to at any time, however notice periods may apply at Stramash & other setting up to a total of 1140 per year (pro rata for those starting after Aug)
For any other questions about funding and shared placements with Stramash, speak to your local nursery team or drop us a message via the contact form on the home page.