After the think tank Reform Scotland today claimed “there is discrimination at the heart” of the Scottish Government’s early years expansion, with some children set to receive 24 months of free provision while others receive just 15 because of when their birthday falls in the year, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people Carole Ford commented:
“Parents will be perplexed at why their child receives only 15 months of free early learning and childcare while others receive 24 months worth.
“It can already be more challenging for those children starting school this week aged only four and a half. That’s without the added disadvantage of less time at nursery because of birthday discrimination.
“Liberal Democrats worked hard to persuade the SNP that free childcare is one of the best investments we can make. However, the resulting expansion is already in real jeopardy, with some nurseries actually closing because of a lack of staff when they should be flourishing. This policy is in real danger of being yet another paper thin promise from the Scottish Government. They can’t leave parents in the lurch.”