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FIFE FAMILIES TO BENEFIT FROM £1 BILLION CHILDCARE INVESTMENT

Publised date : 01 May 2018

Families in Fife will benefit from almost £1 billion of Scottish Government investment in free childcare, Jenny Gilruth MSP has said.

 

Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package. 

The Scottish Government will invest an additional £567 million per year by 2021-22, bringing total spending on early learning and childcare to around £990 million.

All three and four year olds, and eligible two year olds, will be entitled to 1140 hours of free childcare – effectively mirroring the primary school week.

In addition, the Scottish Government will provide councils with total capital funding of £476 million over four years to support associated buildings projects.  

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes said:

“Mid Fife & Glenrothes, and indeed across Fife families will benefit from our share of almost £1 billion funding each year to support our ambitious expansion of free childcare.

“The Scottish Government are determined to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up – and our childcare expansion will be of enormous help to families with young children.

“By almost doubling the availability of free childcare, parents will save hundreds of pounds a month and many will find it easier to return to work or to increase their working hours.

“This is a significant investment in families in Fife and across Scotland.”

ENDS

 

Local Reporters, East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, Courier (Fife), HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, COMMUNITY
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