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Citizens Advice Report on Childcare Oral Question, 11/12/14 [S]

During General Question Time on 11 December 2014 Jim Eadie (SNP) asked the Scottish Government  its response is to the Citizens Advice Scotland report, “Working at the Edge...Childcare”.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell replied that she welcome the Citizens Advice Scotland report of last week, which raised concerns about the cost of childcare and articulated the challenge that parents face. We know and understand that childcare costs are a considerable outlay for families. That is why, through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, we are investing £329 million in this financial year and next to expand funded early learning and childcare for three and four-year-olds to 600 hours. That represents an increase of 45 per cent since 2007, which will save families up to £700 per child per year.

That said, we have made clear our wish to go further. The First Minister has outlined this Government’s ambition, if re-elected, to deliver an increase in early learning and childcare provision for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds from 16 hours a week to 30 hours a week by the end of the next session of Parliament.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 11 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 11 December 2014