Early Learning and Childcare
Welcome to Orkney's Early Learning and Childcare website.
Every child is entitled to 600 funded hours of early learning and childcare each full year they attend. In Orkney from August 2020 we are required by the Scottish Government to provide 1140 hours of early learning and childcare to 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. In 2018/19 as part of our preparation for this we will be offering increased hours in some of the settings.
You can use these hours in local authority nurseries, at private partner providers, and with child-minders who are in partnership to deliver free hours. You can find out more about what each setting offers, and who is in partnership by following the links within this section.
A copy of the Early Learning and Childcare Delivery Plan is available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.