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Become a funded provider

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the application process remains open and will be extended indefinitely. At this point, we can't guarantee a quick turnaround of applications but we will remain open and flexible.

We are required by Scottish Government to expand funded early learning and childcare entitlement for all 3 and 4 years, and eligible 2 year olds, to 1140 hours from August 2020.

Any provider of early learning and childcare that is based in Aberdeenshire, meets the criteria set out in the national standard for early learning and childcare providers and agrees to the council'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 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 ensures that, as part of the provider neutral 'Funding Follows the Child' approach, there is consistency of high quality provision across all funded provider types.  

We intend to establish a contract to secure external providers who can supplement the council’s internal early learning and childcare provision. The contract will be for 3 years with an option to extend for an additional year.


How to apply

The application process opens on 20th February 2020 and the initial review of applications will take 6 weeks with applications being reviewed thereafter on an ongoing basis.

To apply to become a funded provider, please email completed application form to