Ex­tra nurs­ery teach­ers will help close gap

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment funds boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Ex­tra teach­ers are to be posted in nurs­eries across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang in a bid to close the at­tain­ment gap be­tween chil­dren from low in­come homes and their wealthy coun­ter­parts.

Twenty-six teach­ers will be added to the staff roll in South La­nark­shire as part of a na­tion­wide scheme to give ev­ery child an equal start in life.

Funded by the Sc o t t i s h Gov­ern­ment, the ini­tia­tive will see an ad­di­tional 435 teach­ers, or teach­ing grad­u­ates, placed in early years out­lets across the coun­try at a cost of £1.5mil­lion.

Early years is the third strand of ed­u­ca­tion to re­ceive ad­di­tional fund­ing to close the at­tain­ment gap, with pri­mary schools awarded cash in 2015 and sec­ondary schools in 2016.

It is hoped the pro­vi­sion of ex­tra child care pro­fes­sion­als will go some way to clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap from the mo­ment young­sters start nurs­ery aged three.

Clare Haughey, MSP for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, said: “This new fund­ing is very wel­come news for South La­nark­shire, help­ing to en­sure that more chil­dren in our most de­prived com­mu­ni­ties are able to ben­e­fit from spe­cialised child care and high qual­ity early years learn­ing.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap, and tar­get­ing fund­ing in this way, as well as ex­pand­ing the guar­an­teed free child care pro­vi­sion to 1140 hours by 2020, is im­por­tant in mak­ing this hap­pen, and to en­sure that ev­ery child gets an equal start in life.

“The 26 new grad­u­ates or teach­ers that will be join­ing our work­force in South La­nark­shire will help im­prove child care pro­vi­sion in our com­mu­ni­ties, and I look for­ward to see­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment con­tinue to in­vest in our chil­dren’s fu­tures.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil early years man­ager Morag McDon­ald said: “We wel­come this new in­vest­ment as it will as­sist on build­ing on the ex­cel­lent early years prac­tice we have across the area.

“The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity early learn­ing and child care to close the at­tain­ment gap”

South La­nark­shire was awarded the fourth high­est num­ber of ad­di­tional teach­ers out of all Scot­land’s 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Glas­gow City Coun­cil has re­ceived 112 ad­di­tional teach­ers, North La­nark­shire 40 and Fife 28.

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