West Dunbartonshire’s early years learning provision almost doubled

Posted: 24th September 2021

The local council have hailed the ‘great success’ as they look to meet Scottish Government guidelines on child care provision, by increasing facilities and staff numbers.

Early learning provision has almost doubled throughout West Dunbartonshire since the Scottish Government’s 1140 hour childcare scheme was launched.

There are now nine new early learning centres within local schools and the council is looking to focus on improving education facilities for two-year-olds in Dalmuir who have to travel to Faifley and Clydebank to access the service.

Legislation to provide 1140 hours of early learning and childcare (ELC) per year by August 2021 was agreed to by the Scottish Parliament in January 2021. It means all local authorities must make available 1140 hours of funded ELC to all eligible children from August 2021.

An update was brought before the education committee on Thursday.

Kathy Morrison, senior education officer, said: “There are now nine new early learning centres within our schools and subsequently the hours for all children has almost doubled and provides more time for play and learning and improving the education outcomes for our children which is at the heart of what we are aiming to do.

“We still have a lot to do this session to provide the ELC for two-year-olds in the Dalmuir area at Dalmuir nursery.”

Labour councillor Martin Rooney congratulated the work of officers and education staff who have been part of the project.

He said: “I think this has been a fantastic piece of work by the whole council. I know that it is education that will deliver the early years but everyone has chipped in.

“We’ve actually been fairly steady throughout, there’s been loads of challenges but also loads of opportunities which the council has grasped.

“It has turned out to be a great success which shows what can happen when all partners work together towards a common aim.

“The most important thing about this is the beneficiaries are going to be the children and their families who will all benefit from this in the long term.”

Source: https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/west-dunbartonshires-early-years-learning-21656144

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