Early learn­ing ser­vice grows

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Young peo­ple aged three and four in South La­nark­shire are ben­e­fit­ing from more hours of early learn­ing than ever be­fore.

All el­i­gi­ble three and four-year-olds are now en­ti­tled to 600 hours of funded pre-school ed­u­ca­tion in lo­cal au­thor­ity or part­ner nurs­eries thanks to the Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple (Scot­land) Act 2014.

Coun­cil­lor Brian McKenna, de­pute chair of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Re­sources Com­mit­tee, said: “By of­fer­ing what is ef­fec­tively a funded morn­ing or af­ter­noon nurs­ery ses­sion for ev­ery three and four-year-old, we are pro­vid­ing them with an es­sen­tial plat­form and gate­way into learn­ing.”

From this year there will also be an in­crease in the num­ber of two-year-olds en­ti­tled to funded nurs­ery ed­u­ca­tion, depend­ing on cri­te­ria cur­rently used for the pro­vi­sion of free school meals.

Con­sul­ta­tion on the fu­ture de­liv­ery of flex­i­ble early learn­ing and child­care will be­gin later this year.

The pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tion which in­volved a range of stake­hold­ers con­cluded in March 2014.

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