The Scottish Government now provides funding to allow three and four-year-old children to receive 600 hours of free early learning and childcare every year. That works out at around 16 hours every week over school term times. However, local councils can provide other choices over the whole year.
The benefits of Liam’s free early learning and childcare hours have not only been beneficial for him but for his older brother, Daniel, 5. Vicky says; ‘Daniel was at nursery at different times to when Liam went to Merkinch so it allowed me to have one on one time with each of the boys. Having this time has really helped all of us, especially Daniel, who got off to a great start at school last month.
Vicky Kemp, 34 from Inverness
From August 2015, some families with two-year-old children also qualify to receive the free early learning and childcare.
The free early learning and childcare can be provided by:
- A local council nursery
- A nursery class in a primary school
- A private day nursery
- An independent school nursery
- A playgroup
- A registered childminder