Angus MacDonald MSP Welcomes Increase in Free Nursery Provision Agreement in Falkirk
Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:15
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed agreement which will result in an increase in the number of free nursery hours, following a month long consultation with parents of children under four in Falkirk district.
The Scottish Government is providing over £190 million to local government to increase early learning and childcare provision to 600 hours, saving families around £700 a year.
In January, the SNP Government announced a further £15 million investment in 2014-15 to deliver a phased expansion of eligibility to the most vulnerable two year olds and £3.5 million to enhance the skills of our childcare workforce to maintain the high quality of childcare, supporting around 2,000 jobs.
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“The expansion of childcare is a key SNP policy and I am pleased the consultation with parents in Falkirk district has resulted in such resounding agreement with this popular SNP initiative.”
The consultation, which took place in November 2013, asked parents how they would prefer to access an additional 125 hours of early learning and childcare provision on top of the present 475 hours.
The proposals from the Scottish Government’s ‘Children and Young People Bill’ were approved by Members at the Education Executive in Falkirk on 4 February 2014, bringing the current 475 hours of free nursery provision for three and four year olds up to 600 hours a year from August 2014.
Of the 514 parents who responded to the consultation, 84% said they would use all 600 hours and 53% agreed that the length of the current morning and afternoon sessions should be extended. The existing two hours 30 minutes morning and afternoon sessions will be now be increased to three hours ten minutes.