Any provider of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) that is based in Aberdeen city, meets the criteria set out in the Scottish Government's National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers and agrees to Aberdeen City’s contract terms can apply to become a Funded Provider.
The National Standard sets out the criteria that all Funded Providers, regardless of whether they are in the public, private or third sector, need to meet in order to deliver the funded entitlement beyond August 2020. The criteria focus on what children and their families should expect from their early learning and childcare experience. This will ensure that, as part of the provider neutral Funding Follows the Child approach, there is consistency of high-quality provision across all funded provider types.
To apply to become a Funded Provider, providers will be required to complete and submit the application documents below. All settings must provide sufficient evidence to assure Aberdeen City Council’s Early Years Team that they meet all of the National Standard criteria and relevant sub-criteria.
If successful, applicants will become a Funded Provider and will be included on Aberdeen City Council's framework for early learning and childcare Funded Providers. The framework will commence in August 2020 and will be 4 years in duration. The application process will remain open to providers throughout the framework term.
Guidance on how to complete the application can be found within the application document.