Scott: Nursery recruitment targets missed by miles

Responding to the news that recruitment for additional early years staff by local authorities was 18% lower than forecast, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

"Maree Todd’s assurances that this policy is on track aren’t borne out by the Government’s own figures.

“Even with reports that private nurseries are haemorrhaging staff to local authority nurseries, the figures show they missed the recruitment target by almost 300 staff.

“Given that we need 11,000 new staff by 2020, the Minister needs to provide more than mere assurances that her policy will be followed through.”

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