GILRUTH WELCOMES £3 MILLION SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUND FOR AFTER SCHOOL AND HOLIDAY CHILDCARE

Published date : 24 Jun 2019

Jenny Gilruth, SNP MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes has today (Monday) welcomed the announcement that children and families will benefit from £3 million in funding to deliver community-based out-of-school care.

The announcement comes ahead of a Parliamentary statement this week on tackling child poverty. The new Access to Childcare Fund will provide equal opportunities for children to benefit from play-based experiences which can often be out of reach for families on low incomes. Evidence shows that the cost of school age child care could be a barrier for parents and carers looking to take up employment or study, or increase their working hours.

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“The evidence shows that providing accessible and affordable out-of-school child care can help low income families maximise their household incomes. Importantly, it can also deliver positive outcomes for children, providing opportunities for play and socialisation which is great for their wellbeing.

“Child poverty levels are lower in Scotland than the rest of the UK - but we believe it is unacceptable it exists at all. Across Fife and particularly in Glenrothes and Levenmouth, we face challenges in tackling the causes of deep rooted poverty. 

“Our efforts stretch right across government to support the families that need it the most – and these efforts are already making a real difference to thousands of families.”

The social isolation experienced by some children during the school holiday as a result of low household income can have a negative impact on attainment, learning and wellbeing. Taking part in holiday clubs and programmes can promote positive outcomes for children, as well as addressing issues like food insecurity.

The fund will establish new projects across Scotland to assess the impact of flexible and affordable out-of-school care for low income families. It will run over a two-year period starting in April 2020 and is part of a range of measures to tackle child poverty in Scotland.

ENDS

For further info: https://www.gov.scot/publications/child-chance-tackling-child-poverty-delivery-plan-2018-22/

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