Early Learning and Childcare

Welcome to Orkney's Early Learning and Childcare web pages. All relevant pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.

Currently every child is entitled to 600 hours of early learning and childcare. In 2019/2020 as part of our preparations for expansion, we have been offering increased hours in some settings. From August 2020 we will be offering 1140 hours across Orkney. Parents can use any local authority setting and childminders in partnership. Parents do not need to use all the hours.

You can find out more about what each setting offers, and who is in partnership from the Settings page, which can be accessed from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Registration information for the current academic year (2019/2020) and for the year ahead (2020/2021) is available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page, as well as copies of the Early Learning and Childcare Policy and the Delivery Plan.

Related Links

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Email: customerservice@orkney.gov.uk

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