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Stage 1 Debate on the Children and Young People Bill, 21/11/13 [S]

During the meeting of the Scottish Parliament on 21 November 2013 MSPs debated the Children and Young People Bill at Stage 1. The debate was opened by the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell.

She said:

“The increase in nursery care from 475 to 600 hours a year will make a real difference to families both in terms of organising day to day life and in balancing increasingly tight household budgets.

“In giving more free hours to three and four year olds and the most vulnerable two year olds, we are ensuring that 121,000 children will have access to more high quality care. This will help the education of our children and support parents who want to get back to work.

“Our consultations show that for many families the cost of childcare is prohibitive; it takes up a significant portion of family income and can dictate what work or training parents can take on.

“From 2014 councils will also have a responsibility to consult with parents over the childcare provided to make sure that each area is responding to the particular challenges families are facing and providing the services that are needed".

At decision time the Bill was passed at Stage 1.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 November 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 November 2013