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Update on delivery of 1140 hours in North Ayrshire

Getting ready for 1140 has enabled a whole system transformation of our early learning buildings and learning environments.

As we turn the corner into 2021, the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) team is gearing up to deliver 1140 hours of ELC to children and families across North Ayrshire from August 2021. Plans to roll out 1140 hours in August 2020 were put on hold due to the COVID pandemic.

A full review of the planned provision has been carried out in light of the Covid related impacts to ensure our delivery is in the right places to meet the needs of our children and their families. In each locality, parents and carers can choose one of three models:

  1. Model 1 settings will be open from 8am – 6.00pm for 48 weeks per year
  2. Model 2 settings will be open from 8.30am – 4.30pm over term time (38 weeks).
  3. Model 3 settings will be open for children from 9.00am – to 3.00pm over term time (38 weeks).

An interactive map shows the location of our ELC settings and the models being operated at each. NAC Early Years Provision (Google Map)

Getting ready for 1140 has enabled a whole system transformation of our early learning buildings and learning environments. Here, link to be added Lesley Curran, Head of Centre at Springvale Early Years Centre shares her excitement for the refurbishments and improvements that have been made to the learning environment at Springvale.

Just this week (02 Dec 20) the project to build an extension to accommodate the early years class at Springside Primary school was completed. The transformation is amazing!

All our extension and refurbishments projects aim to create indoor and outdoor learning environments which are beautiful, calm spaces which inspire curiosity, wonder and excitement for play and learning.

In getting ready for 1140 hours, we recognise that organisational change is a big deal for staff -whenever it happens. For individual staff, managing the change through COVID-19 is an even bigger deal and we are working directly with our ELC staff to provide support and information to help them through.

Since early November, we have been working closely with trades unions, head teachers, heads of centres, ELC managers and staff to provide information on the forthcoming changes to staff working patterns and also working closely with colleagues across the council to ensure that our staff are provided with the support they need. This has included letting staff know about the wellbeing information available through the Livewell and Occupational Health portals and how they can get in touch with our ‘Wellbeing Warriors’. Engagement sessions have also been held by head teachers and heads of centres with their staff teams on site and there have been virtual sessions with our Head of Service, Caroline Amos. All of these sessions have ensured that staff have been able to ask questions, air any concerns and have their views taken into account as we move through the journey to 1140 hours.

Caroline Amos said, ‘We are very aware of the challenges our ELC staff face every day in their delivery of a high quality service in the midst of a pandemic.  Their wellbeing is very important to us and we have ensured that there is a focus on this as we move forward with our expansion programme.’

We anticipate there will be a significant number of additional Early Years Practitioners posts created by the ELC expansion programme.  Recruitment to join our ELC team will get underway in March 2021.

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