Early learning and childcare funded providers grant scheme

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is expanding from 600 hours per annum to 1140 hours per annum by August 2020, for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds. Aberdeen City Council is committed to ensuring quality is at the heart of ELC provision and to make ELC more flexible, accessible and affordable for parents.
The Early Years Expansion Programme has been set up by Aberdeen City Council to co ordinate all of the activities required to meet these commitments.
The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To expand the provision of early learning and childcare in Aberdeen, from 600 hours to 1140 hours per child per year, by August 2020
  • To develop a delivery model which supports flexible, accessible and affordable early learning and childcare across localities
  • To ensure high quality early learning and childcare provision across all of Aberdeen, regardless of the setting

The council recognises that its funded providers will have a crucial role to play in achieving the programme’s objectives, and with that in mind we have created a grant application scheme to allow providers to make a bid for financial support with their own expansion plans.
This one-year grant funding scheme has been established to support existing and new providers to increase quality provision and capacity to deliver the expanded hours (1140 hours) for August 2020. 

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The purpose of the proposed scheme is to create additional capacity in areas of need, improve quality and support staff development to enable funded providers to facilitate expansion. Read our ELC Grant Application Scheme Guidance Note to find out more.


The scheme is open from January 2020 and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 16 March 2020.

To apply please complete the application form

You can submit your application via email to elcexpansion@aberdeencity.gov.uk, or send it to:
Early Learning and Childcare Funded Provider Grants 
Aberdeen City Council,
Early Years Team,
Integrated Children’s and Family Services, 
Second Floor North, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AB. 

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