Scots childcare spend to double to £840m a year

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish Government said spending on childcare will double to £840 million a year by 2021-2022 in a bid to “transform the life chances of children in Scotland.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reaffirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to invest in a near doubling of entitlement to 1140 hours — around 30 hours a week — of free early learning and childcare from August 2020.

“The move will ensure high-quality learning and care is available for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds and is expected to save parents around £350 per child, per month,” said the Scottish Government.

“Our expansion of nursery education is truly transformational,” said Sturgeon.

“Currently we deliver around 16 hours of early education and childcare a week — that’s already an expansion.

“But some parents still struggle to find and fund the childcare they need to allow them to work. We are going to change that.

“By 2020, we will deliver 30 hours a week for every three and four year old and eligible two year olds.

“It will give children the best start in life. It will free parents to find work.

“And each month it will save families around £350 per child on the costs of childcare.

“Over the past few months, we have undertaken detailed work to assess the investment needed. Right now, we invest around £420 million a year.

“By the end of this Parliament, that will double to £840 million a year.

“That is the kind of real, practical help that young parents need.”