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Childcare Oral Question, 25/06/15 [S]

During First Minister's Question Time on 25 June 2015 Iain Gray (Lab) asked the First Minister why Scotland do not have affordable, accessible, high-quality childcare all year round for children of all ages.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, replied: I warmly welcome the report that has been published today by the commission for childcare reform. The Government will study that report carefully, and if it contains ideas or suggestions that we think are worth taking forward, we will certainly do so. As Iain Gray is aware, the Government has already increased by almost half the hours of free early learning and childcare that are available for three and four-year-olds, and we have plans in the next session of Parliament to double that provision again, from 16 to 30 hours a week. I accept that there are issues of flexibility and wraparound care, and that is why our recent legislation put the onus on local authorities to consult parents about those issues. We will continue to work hard to improve the provision of childcare. Why will we do that? Because it is right for children and for parents who want to work.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 June 2015