Registering for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) 1140 Hours Funding Frameworks

Find out all you need to know about registering on the Public Contracts Scotland Portal for the ELC 1140 Hours Funding Frameworks here.

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Local authorities are starting to advertise the frameworks for the Early Learning and Childcare funded hours through the Public Contracts Scotland Tender Portal.

To find out when your local authority launches their tender process you need to register as a supplier on the Public Contracts Scotland website and set-up an email alert. Remember, funding deadline dates differ by local authority so check with your local authority when yours is.

See our FAQs below:

  1. How do I register on the portal?
  2. How do I upload supporting documents to the portal?
  3. How do I use the questions and answers facility?
  4. What is Criteria 8 and do I need a Fair Work Policy?

1. How do I register on the portal?

Download the below presentation, by Dundee City Council, to help you register on the portal. You may find this useful however please remember that it refers to Dundee so you should look to input the information that is relevant to your location.

Several local authorities are also hosting training events to support businesses who may have never, or have limited experience in, applying and bidding for a contract opportunity. Please contact your local authority for further information.

2. How do I upload supporting documents to the portal?

You will need to upload and include several documents as supporting evidence as part of your application. Guidance on how to do this is available in the below PowerPoint slides.

3. How do I use the question and answers facility?

If you have any queries regarding the application process, there is a facility on the portal to ask questions relevant to the tender. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Ask a New Question’ button on the Q&A tab.

It is worth reading through the previously submitted questions and answers, just to get clarification or greater understanding in some areas.

4. What is Criteria 8 and do I need a Fair Work Policy?

We think the most queries from members will be around Criteria 8.

Settings, including childminders where workers are regularly employed to provide direct care to children, who agree to deliver the funded entitlement must meet Criteria 8.

In order to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of Criteria 8, you will be asked to submit your policies and/or write a Method Statement that evidences your commitment to Fair Work Practices and the real Living Wage commitment. 

You may wish to include documents such as:

  • Policy documents
  • Induction documentation
  • Ongoing training and development information
  • Statement on rates of pay 
  • Terms and conditions of employment contracts
  • Statements of vision, values and aims 

NDNA members can see more about Criteria 8, an example Method Statement and examples of policies and procedures you could include by logging in here.  

Councils are not looking for a specific Fair Work Policy; they require evidence that your setting and your practice, meet, or are committed to working towards, the above criteria. 

The Scottish Government has published this document below giving illustrative examples of good tender responses to fair work criteria – this Care Services contract example can be applied to ELC.

More support on Criteria 8

To see our support on Criteria 8 including a Method Statement example and NDNA resources to support you, join NDNA Scotland as a member here.  

As always. if you have any questions please contact the NDNA Scotland team and we will be happy to help.

Email: scot@ndna.org.uk
Telephone: 0131 516 6967


Please be advised that this is a working document and we will update and/or amend information as it becomes available to NDNA.