Scottish Liberal Democrats have pushed for greater flexibility on childcare after a series of FOI's submitted by Fair Funding for our Kids showed that some parents are still struggling to access the childcare they are entitled to.
Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children, Sheila Thomson said:
“Everyone knows that there are issues with flexibility in provision for two year olds and that this is making it hugely challenging for parents to access the free care that they have been promised.
“The Scottish Government claims that it is providing flexibility, however these figures tell a different story. It is no good offering support to families if it is impossible for them to take it up because of limited providers or time slots.
“Childcare needs to fully adaptive to the lives of working families across the whole of Scotland, allowing working families to receive the entitlement they need.”
“Working parents need more flexibility so that they are able to have the childcare they require. The Scottish Government knows there is a problem which is why it has three working groups trying to work out how it can deliver its childcare promises”
“The penny for education the Liberal Democrats proposed at the last election would allow for big new investment in early years support and ensure that the money is there to support flexible ways of delivering free early learning and childcare for two year olds. The situation at the moment is failing families, and we cannot afford for it to continue.”