Scotland only part of UK to offer 1 140 hours of funded early learning and childcare not in public interest apparently

Scotland’s ‘top’ news stories between the 3rd and 5th November 2024.

A search for ‘Scotland news early’ on 3-5 November 2022, did not find this, posted by Scot Gov on the 3rd:

Families of more than 83,200 children are saving around £5,000 per eligible child per year, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) offer.

Latest figures show a year-on-year increase in children accessing funded ELC.

The number taking up the full offer of 1,140 hours a year is also up from this time last year. If families paid for this themselves, it would cost them around £5,000 per eligible child per year.

A total of 93,902 children aged two to five were accessing funded ELC at the start of September – a 3% rise from the same time last year. Of those, 83,237 – 89% – were benefiting from the 1,140 hours offer.

Children’s Minister Clare Haughey said:

Scotland is the only part of the UK to offer 1,140 hours a year of funded early learning and childcare to all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds.

“This offer saves families a significant amount of money, which is particularly important at a time when so many are struggling with cost of living pressures. It also supports parents into work, training or study.

“High-quality ELC benefits children, too, by enriching their early years and giving them the confidence and skills they need to prepare them for school.

“We intend to expand our childcare offer even further, including building a future system of school age childcare and a new early learning and childcare offer for one and two-year-olds, starting with those who need it most.”

COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Tony Buchanan said: 

“I’m pleased that today’s figures confirm that nearly 94,000 two to five-year-old children are accessing funded Early Learning and Childcare delivered by Scotland’s Councils and their partners, which represents a 3% increase on the position a year ago.

“A greater proportion of children are accessing the full 1,140 hours entitlement, compared with April this year. The increased availability of funded ELC is allowing children more time to play and learn, and more opportunities for parents and carers to work, study or volunteer, as well significant financial savings for families at a time when this is so desperately needed.” 

https://www.gov.scot/news/supporting-children-and-families-3/

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4 thoughts on “Scotland only part of UK to offer 1 140 hours of funded early learning and childcare not in public interest apparently

  1. What apparently IS in the public interest is for the 3rd day running is a caption of a tiny road ‘bonfire’ in Niddrie with the headline ‘Boy dies from firework injuries’. Only by scrolling down to you find the boy who died was in Yorkshire. Another day another negative news distortion by the media all with the intention of adding doom and gloom in Scotland.

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    1. These tactics are what is referred to by The Chinese
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      He referred to it as ” Throw the dog a false bone ”
      But warned to do so often was counter productive, so the clever warrior only throws false bones to the mad dogs when, where and how he wants too
      Inadvertently ABC ( BBC )
      & MSM are most certainly
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  2. These tactics are what is referred to by The Chinese
    Emperor who united the Six provinces into what now is China
    He referred to it as ” Throw the dog a false bone ”
    But warned to do so often was counter productive, so the clever warrior only throws false bones to the mad dogs when, where and how he wants too
    Inadvertently ABC ( BBC )
    & MSM are most certainly
    Being counter productive as none of the soldiers in the Indy ranks are not mad dogs unlike the Unionists who foam at the mouth as soon as the false bone lands, not only so but they are so preoccupied and frantically sniffing around in their desperation to create such bones
    This is now completely counter productive for them
    Why because the only battle that is the most vital to win
    Is the last ONE

    Like

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