46,000 children in Scotland managing to access enhanced care hours almost 1 year in advance of target

Meanwhile the SNP Scottish Govt doing the Day Job Thing has resulted in more than 46,000 children in Scotland managing to access enhanced care hours almost 1 year in advance of the due start dates: Link and snippets from news.gov.scot site below: (Natch, I found nil mention of this new data being carried on the beeb Scotland website).

https://news.gov.scot/news/early-years-expansion

Thousands of children already benefiting from additional hours.

More than 46,000 children across Scotland are already benefiting from extra hours of high quality early learning and childcare almost a year before the full roll out of 1,140 funded hours of care for every eligible child.

By August next year children will be eligible for more funded hours of early learning and childcare than ever before and families will have more choice over how they access those hours.

New figures show that one third of three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds are already accessing more than the minimum 600 hours to which they are currently entitled.

The figures also reveal:

• 214 nurseries have been built, extended or refurbished since March 2018
• the number of three to five-year-olds receiving more than 600 hours is 6.6% ahead of forecast
• capacity for 1,140 hours in local authority nurseries is 2.8% ahead of forecast
• the private sector will make a larger contribution than previously forecast, up 4% to 26%
• overall, all indicators are broadly in line with or ahead of the forecast national position, albeit with significant variability at a local level

Request to Scotland’s parents- Please note that these welcome developments are being brought to you and your children by the SNP Scottish Govt and YES majority Scottish Parlt. The London based parties offer only continuing austerity and describe these vital public projects as ‘The Something For Nothing Society’ – Please, please,please think on that next time you visit a polling station near you.

Ed: Is Ludo drinking too much coffee these days. Three posts today, three yesterday?

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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