Commenting on today’s early years expansion progress report, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:
“Expanding good quality, wide-ranging childcare has the potential to deliver enormous benefits to children and parents, which was why Scottish Liberal Democrats pushed so hard for so long for it to be on the agenda.
“For this policy to achieve its goals there is a lot of work to be done during the next 10 months. The government says some local authorities are powering ahead while others lag behind, but its refusing to release council-by-council data.
“Parents need certainty that expanded hours will be available everywhere in Scotland and private nurseries providing flexible wraparound hours and support for even younger children must not be pushed out of business. We also need clarity over the provision of the expanded facilities necessary to deliver this policy and ensure that every child has access to high quality, comprehensive services.”