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Sarah McLuckie

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

Please could you provide the following information:

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in a private/voluntary setting and
b) continued funding in a council run setting.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in a) private/voluntary settings and b) council run settings.

4) For each year from 2013-2014 till 2018-2019 inclusive, please provide the total number of places at council-run settings which parents were permitted to self-finance.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah McLuckie

Dumfries and Galloway Council

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FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Please find below the Council's response to your request 409456 which was received on 07/05/2019.

Details of request: 1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in a private/voluntary setting and
b) continued funding in a council run setting.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in a) private/voluntary settings and b) council run settings.

4) For each year from 2013-2014 till 2018-2019 inclusive, please provide the total number of places at council-run settings which parents were permitted to self-finance.

Response:

1) 44 applications
2a) 28 for Council Nurseries
2b) 16 for Private Nurseries

Where there are fewer than 5 individuals, this has been indicated. Due to the low numbers, the specific circumstances and the rural nature of our region, the Council is applying Section 38(1)(b), read in conjunction with Section 38(2)(a)(i), of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - to disclose specific numbers would be risking disclosing personal information without an appropriate condition for processing, and essentially breach the Data Protection Act 2018

3) <5 refused for Council Nursery
<5 refused for Private Nurseries
4) 0

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If you require any further clarification, please contact us. However, if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt with, you can request us to carry out an internal review of the decision by emailing [email address] or writing to us within 40 working days of receiving this response.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision. Appeals to the Commissioner can be made online at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or in writing to: The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.

Kind Regards

FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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