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Early Learning and Childcare Oral Question 3/12/14 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 3 December 2014 Gordon MacDonald (SNP) asked the Scottish Government how the expansion of funded early learning and childcare will benefit the most disadvantaged people.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, we are investing 329 million in this financial year and next to expand annual funded early learning and childcare for three and four-year-olds to 600 hours. That represents an increase that will save families up to 707 per child per year. We have extended that entitlement to our most disadvantaged two-year-olds, with around 15 per cent becoming eligible in the current school year, rising to 27 per cent next year. That is more than any of our predecessors, and more hours of childcare than in any other part of the UK.


For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 3 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 3 December 2014