Early learning and childcare
Councillors agree expansion plan for early learning and childcare in Stirling
Stirling Council's Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare has been backed by councillors.
The Scottish Government's Early Learning and Childcare Expansion programme will see a number of local authority nurseries, along with partner providers, offer parents almost double the number of free childcare hours.
Expansion of early learning and childcare - phase 2
Admissions are now open for nurseries in phase 2 of the expansion of early learning and childcare.
Free childcare places for 2 year olds
The Scottish Government are now offering free childcare places to all 2 year olds whose parents are in receipt of Universal Credit. We are also offering free places to all 2 year olds who are looked after or in kinship care. Please contact the nursery for more information.
Download or view the leaflet with information on nurseries taking part.
More information is available on the Scottish Government website.
What early learning and childcare is available?
We offer a range of different childcare options to enable you to choose which is best for you and your child. This includes 30 council nurseries (18 nursery classes and 12 standalone) and 14 partnership nurseries, community nurseries and playgroups.
Use the drop down lists above to find out more about specific nurseries, playgroups and childminders.
Currently most nursery classes based within some of our primary schools are term time only and usually operate between the hours of 8.30 am and 4pm. As we move into the Early Years Expansion, by 2020 most nursery classes will be open for 45.6 weeks of the year and operate between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. Details of planned nursery operating models are contained in the Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. Most nurseries provide for 3-5 year olds, with some providing for 2-5 year olds. All our nurseries offer flexible sessions, which include the option for your child to stay for full days over lunchtime.
Standalone nurseries are in separate buildings from primary schools and operate on an extended year basis, closing for one week each at Easter and Christmas, and on bank holidays. These nurseries vary in opening times between 8 am and 5.30 pm. Some standalone nurseries cater for 0-5 years, while others cater for 2-5 years. By 2020, all standalone nurseries will be open from 8 am to 6 pm.
Private partnership nurseries
Most of our private partner nurseries are open all year round and cater for children age 0-5 years. Usual opening hours are between 8 am and 6 pm although some open earlier and later than this. Some of our private nurseries also offer out of school care provision.
Partner community nurseries and playgroups
Currently all are open mornings only and during term time. As we move into the Early Years Expansion, by 2020 partner community nurseries and playgroups will remain open during term time but will operate for full day sessions. Details of planned nursery operating models are contained in the Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. Most community nurseries and playgroups accept children from 2 ½ - 5 years. Some are run by parents, while others are privately owned.
Childminders provide opportunities for care, education and play in their own homes for children under 5 years and for school aged children. A number of childminders are now in partnership with us (details available in the drop down list above). A flexible service is usually provided all year round.
Out of school care
None of our nurseries or primaries offer after school care except Fallin Nursery. The Scottish Family Information Service provides information on local childcare availability including nurseries, childminders, playgroups, parent and toddler groups and out of school care.
Education Scotland has responsibility for evaluating the quality of pre-school education, all schools, teacher education, community learning and development, further education and local authorities. They also publish reports about services for children and evaluate child protection services.
The Care Inspectorate regulates all social care services in Scotland. Care services include care homes, childminders, day care for adults and children, support services, care at home, fostering and adoption services, secure and offender accommodation services. Reports about inspections of services are also published.