McArthur calls for action on childcare shortages

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur has called on the SNP Government to ensure local authorities have enough childcare capacity to meet demand.


The Commission for Childcare Reform's final report published today (Thursday 25th) warned that in 2015, only 15 percent of local authorities in Scotland had enough childcare for parents who work full-time, compared with 43 percent in England.

Eight local authorities in Scotland (25%) reported in 2015 that they had no supply/ demand data on childcare in their areas.

Commenting, Liam McArthur MSP said:

“We know that many parents in Scotland have unworkable childcare commitments which can mean moving their child from a local authority nursery to a private provider and then elsewhere in the space of one day.

“This cannot be good for the individual child, potentially undermining the benefits good quality childcare can deliver. It’s also not good for families either, who rely on accessible childcare provision.

“If we are to build a fairer society, major action must be taken now to plug the gap between demand for childcare and the supply of places. It is worrying that some local authorities are not yet recording this data.

“The SNP Government is failing to drive forward the childcare revolution Scotland needs. They must listen to our calls and work with local authorities and private providers to ensure provision meets demand.”

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