Opportunities for Fife’s private nurseries and playgroups

Private nurseries and playgroups could play a role in helping Fife Council provide childcare and early learning to three and four year-olds.

Private nurseries and playgroups could play a role in helping Fife Council provide childcare and early learning to three and four year-olds.

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Private nurseries and playgroups in Fife are being encouraged to apply for a partnership with Fife Council for Early Learning and Childcare provision.

Following changes to nursery provision, all childcare providers in Fife offering services to children aged three and four are being asked to apply, including Fife Council’s existing 44 partner providers.

Nurseries and playgroups will have until noon on May 20 to submit an application for a three-year partnership, which would see them provide an agreed number of early learning and childcare places on behalf of Fife Council. This would be in addition to nursery places already available from Fife Council’s 108 schools and stand-alone nurseries, and will offer more flexible options to parents and carers.

Gillian Johnston, Early Learning and Childcare project officer, said: “We hope this process will create further equality by allowing newer nurseries to come forward and apply for partnership, when they may not have had that opportunity before, as well as ensuring our partners are providing the highest quality early learning and childcare.

“A robust evaluation process has been put in place as part of this procurement process, which means providers in each area will be ranked by the quality of provision they offer, and chosen that way.”

Applications can be submitted via Public Contracts Scotland’s website www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk