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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02687
Asked by: Bob Doris, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 1 September 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the delivery of the expanded hours of funded early learning and childcare.

Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 1 September 2021


Answer

All councils are now offering 1140 hours of funded ELC to all eligible children, making high quality early learning and childcare available to families in line with the increased statutory entitlement which came into force on 1 August. This will save parents up to £4,900 per year for each eligible child. Up to 130,000 children are expected to benefit this year.

Scotland is the only part of the UK to offer the equivalent of 1140 hours to all 3 and 4 year olds regardless of their parents’ working status, putting children first. This is a fantastic achievement that has been delivered in the face of the pandemic by Scottish Government, Local Government and our local delivery partners.