Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the announcement from Children’s Minister, Aileen Campbell MSP, that childcare organisations are to receive extra funding to deliver more front line nursery and out of school care.
“In these difficult financial times, the Scottish Government is continuing its commitment to support families in Scotland through the Council Tax Freeze and Free Prescriptions. This announcement by the Minister means that Childcare Partnerships will share £1.65 million of funding allowing them to support working families.
“The Care and Learning Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association are the first recipients of the Scottish Government’s new £10 million Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Funding Partnerships for early learning and childcare. This funding of £155,000 adds to the £1.5 million already allocated through the BIG Lottery to early learning and childcare third sector partners through the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund including Scottish Childminding Association, Scottish Out of School Care and Scottish Pre-school Play Association.
“Together, these organisations provide a strong collaborative approach to increasing the range and quality of early learning and childcare available to families across Scotland. Something which I know many people in East Kilbride rely on and many children flourish from.
“The forthcoming Children and Young People Bill will bring in ambitious reforms, including a commitment to the most funded hours of early learning anywhere in the UK, giving us the chance to make a real change to the lives of Scottish children. The Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the very best for the youngest members of society will be very much welcomed in the homes of our hard working families.”
Last month it was announced that the additional £10 million funding would be made available over two years to non-profit and non-governmental organisations and groups working directly to improve the lives of children, young people and families.
This is in addition to the £20 million Third Sector Early Intervention Fund, managed by the BIG Lottery, for organisations working closely with children, young people and families.
National charity National Day Nurseries Association is the voice of the nursery sector and is integral to the lives of nearly one million children and their families. Representing children’s nurseries across the UK, providing information, training and support, the grant of £73,000 will link Government and nurseries at the frontline.
The Care and Learning Alliance offer Childhood Practice and Learning Support Services for children 0-16 and their families, with over 300 members working throughout the Highlands, Moray and Argyll & Bute. They deliver a wide range of early learning and childcare services, as well as support to organizations providing those services including early years, out of school care, flexible staff banks, family support; and, guidance training and support to other organizations. Through the strategic funding partnership of £82,000, CALA will be able to provide this support nationally.