https://i1.wp.com/www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mhairi-black.png?fit=1278%2C711&ssl=1 711 1278 Brian McGuire https://www.paisley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/paisley-logo-trans.png Brian McGuire2017-10-12 14:54:162017-10-12 14:54:16Mhairi Black Welcomes Investment in Childcare
The Scottish Government have reaffirmed their commitment to invest £840 million into childcare by 2021 – 2022. The Scottish Government currently spend on average £420 million a year but this commitment will see spending on childcare in Scotland doubled. This will be in line with the increase in childcare hours that parents will be entitled to, which is almost doubling from 16 to 30 hours from August 2020.
This move will see parents save around £350 per child, per month for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. The Scottish Government will begin talks with local authorities this autumn, to agree a multi-year funding package to implement this investment. Local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black has praised this move by the scottish Government.
Mhairi Black MP said
“This is a welcome investment from the Scottish Government. Parents are struggling to make ends meet and the £350 saving they will be able to make will help to ease financial problems they may experience in securing childcare.
“Every child deserves the best start in life. High quality care and learning are essential in the early years of child development.”